Thursday, 28 February 2008

67. Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto for Two Trumpets (1711)


Title: Mad About Vivaldi
Performers: Mark Bennett, Michael Harrison, The English Concert
Director: Trevor Pinnock
Year: 1991
Length: 7 minutes


Yet another small trumpet concerto, this time by two trumpets and this time by Vivaldi. The main difference from yesterday's Telemann concerto is in the use that Vivaldi makes of the orchestra.

Vivaldi uses the orchestra as completely complementary to the solo trumpets , almost at the same level of importance in terms of sound. And actually makes for a more interesting piece, it isn't as heavenly as Telemann, the trumpets have a lot more fun here, as they would in Vivaldi's hands.

Interestingly Vivaldi never again made concerts for Trumpet, probably because of their limited range, and that is possibly why the Orchestra is as important here, as a way for Vivaldi to minimise the shortcomings of the trumpet. A fantastic piece of work.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Vivaldi had a medical problem which he called the tightening of the chest (probably some form of asthma). His medical problem, however, did not prevent him from learning to play the violin, composing or taking part in many musical activities. At the age of 15 (1693), he began studying to become a priest. In 1703, at the age of 25, Vivaldi was ordained a priest, and soon nicknamed Il Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest", probably because of his red hair.

Not long after his ordination, in 1704, he was given a dispensation from celebrating the Holy Mass because of his ill health. From that point onward he appears to have withdrawn from active practice, but did remain a priest.

The concert:

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