Vivaldi: Flute Concerto

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flute concerto no.2 in G minor “La Notte”, 1729-30

The flute has been a recent attraction for me. Previously I had associated it with fluffy things like dancing, fairies and nymphs, all very Midsummer Nights Dream, but it has such a bigger range than this. I chose La Notte because it is an odd piece, but also an attractive one. It’s full of the unmistakeable Vivaldi violin as well. If Vivaldi has done one thing for me it’s move me away from solely listening to piano pieces. (It didn’t exist in his time, the closest to it was the harpsichord, which you can hear as part of the orchestra in many of his pieces.)

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Vivaldi: Motet in E

August COMPOSER: antonio vivaldi

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motet in e, 1735

Vivaldi was an incredibly prolific composer with over 500 concertos alone to his name let alone his operas and other work. I couldn’t really get away without talking about at least one of the hundreds of sacred works he composed. ‘Nulla in mundo pax sincera’, the opening section of Vivaldi’s Motet in E, translates roughly as ‘there is no peace left in the world’ or ‘in this world there is no honest people’. A title which feels as relevant today as ever.

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Composer of the month: August

The catalogue of classical music is massive. It’s hard to know where to start.  As part of this journey into the classical world I’ve decided to immerse myself in a different composer every month. Each week of that month I’ll look at a popular or interesting piece and the story around it. It’ll be their story and my story.

August’s composer is Antonio Vivaldi, the man who composed one of the most performed and most recognisable classical pieces of music, the now iconic Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s life was a rich and varied; uncovering it was like opening a treasure trove. He was a red-haired ordained priest, a virtuoso violinist, a teacher, conductor and musical director of a school of orphaned girls, as well as being a prolific composer of sacred music, operas and classical pieces. 

Antonio Vivaldi

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