The Best of Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian composer, violinist, priest, and music instructor of the Baroque era. Vivaldi composed over 800 pieces of music, including several hundred concertos. Many of of his compositions were written for the all-girl musicians of an orphanage in Venice where he taught music. He also composed many operas and works of chamber music. Vivaldi is best known for his set of four concertos for violin and orchestra, The Four Seasons, but composed many other great works. I have selected some of the best of Vivaldi that I recommend for you.

The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni) – A set of four concertos for violin and orchestra, each concerto musically depicting a different season - spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

L'estro Armonico – A set of 12 concertos for violin or violins, and orchestra.

La stravaganza – A set of 12 violin concertos.

Trio Sonata in D-minor, RV63 “La Follia”

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