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Vivaldi - From Sacred to Secular

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Recently, along with listening to some of Bach's religious works, I've decided to grap a hold of some of Vivaldi's choral and religious works. While Bach might be the master of fugue and technique, Vivaldi has a more delicate tone which I absolutely adore.

Some good pieces by him:

  • Both Glorias (RV 588 and 589) (Both of which have a 'stolen' last movement from Ruggieri's Gloria)
  • All Dixit Dominus(es) (RV 594, 595, 807)
  • Kyrie (RV 587)
  • Nulla in mundo pax sincera (RV 630)
  • Jubilate o amoeni chori (RV 639 - intro to Gloria RV 588)
  • Domine ad Adjuvandum me (RV 593)
  • Filiae Maestae Jerusalem (RV 638) (arguably the most sad of all Vivaldi pieces)
  • Stabat Mater (RV 621) (though this one is pretty sad also; after all, this is about the Virgin Mary seeing her son Christ Jesus dying, no?)
  • Magnificat (RV 610a, 610b, 611)
  • Credo in Unum Deum (RV 591; I haven't heard RV 592 as of yet)
  • Lauda Jerusalem (RV 609)
  • Juditha Triumphans (RV 644)
  • Nisi Dominus (RV 608)

I've also come to listen to some of his operas:

Finally, some of his concerti, sinfonias, and sonatas:

  • Sonata "Al Santo Sepolcro" (RV 169) (pretty sad one, too)
  • Sonfina in G Major (RV 146) (Favorite concerto)
  • Opus 3, 4, and 5.
  • The Four Seasons (a must, obviously :toothygrin: )
  • Sinfonia in D Major (RV 562)
  • Concerto "Per I Concerti di Dresda" in G Minor (RV 577)
  • Concerto in G Minor (RV 576)
  • Concerto in F Major (RV 571)

All of these are available on iTunes.

A lot of RV rentals, aren't they? :laugh: Joke, of course.

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Vivaldi is such a wonderful composer. It's a shame that not a lot of people like his music because of the fact that it "all sounds the same". *sigh* Those people don't know what they are missing....

Of his works, I probably enjoy the concerti the most, especially the flute and violin concerti.

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Ligeti is such a wonderful composer. It's a shame that not a lot of people like his music because of the fact that it "all sounds like noise". *sigh* Those people don't know what they are missing.... :D

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Er... w00t.

Anywhoo, I found a really good record (yes, I call CDs records) of a collection of Vivaldi's works played as it would in church. It's a record on the Vespers of the Virgin Mary, and it includes many of his choral works. It's by the Concerto Italiano, and I have to say I'm impressed by the way they played Vivaldi.

It's available on iTunes here: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=110305729&s=143441

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Vivaldi is # 3 on the list of my favorite composers, which is higher than mozart or beethoven managed to get (I think Mozart's managed to move up right behind Haydn into 12th place or something like that within the past week, though).

As has been said by numerous musicians, he's composed the "same concerto 400 times." What one needs to look at is that it wasn't the same concerto 400 times (I'm pretty sure the number of known Vivaldi concertos has at least gone up to 500 or so???), but they are all in a very strict style*, and yet, he has infinite variety within that style. Vivaldi is AMAZING.

*(whether or not it's a "strict-strict" style is for a different post, but Vivaldi usually avoids other styles like the plague... or does he...)

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"he's composed the "same concerto 400 times" - What a load of crap!! Vivaldi's music is nothing short of AMAZING. I've said numerous times that I've listened to quite alot of composers since I was 10. Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Brahms, P.I.T, I can go on an on. As soon as I started to listen to Vivaldi, it's like the rest of composers never existed. And no, I never played a viloin in my life! The piano is my instrument. Vivaldi's music seems to say "hey, listen and enjoy" !!

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"he's composed the "same concerto 400 times" - What a load of crap!! Vivaldi's music is nothing short of AMAZING. I've said numerous times that I've listened to quite alot of composers since I was 10. Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Brahms, P.I.T, I can go on an on. As soon as I started to listen to Vivaldi, it's like the rest of composers never existed. And no, I never played a viloin in my life! The piano is my instrument. Vivaldi's music seems to say "hey, listen and enjoy" !!

Agreed, one man said his music throughout has similar playful like themes, like you could tell a Vivaldi piece definitely from that of other pioneers of his time like bach for example... I have his spring from the four seasons abridged for violin solo, I played it for as a solo for a school concert in 07, it is a beautiful piece. And welcome to yc by the way, enjoy your stay..

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