L'estro Armonico

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Title page of 1711.

L'Estro Armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), Op. 3, is a collection of twelve concertos for one, two and four violins written by Antonio Vivaldi in 1711. It augmented the reputation of Vivaldi as Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest). Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot described the set as "perhaps the most influential collection of instrumental music to appear during the whole of the eighteenth century".[1]

The collection was mostly put together in chronological order. These concerti are often called concerti grossi due to their use of a concertino-style ensemble (solo cello is often used).

List of Concerti[edit]

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with Jacques Israelievitch and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with Jacques Israelievitch and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with Jacques Israelievitch and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

Performed on a harpsichord by Gérard Janot

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with David Parry and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with David Parry and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

Performed by Ulrich Metzner

Performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra with David Parry and Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violins)

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These works are laid out in the following movements:

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 1 in D major for four violins and strings, RV 549:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo e spiccato
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 2 in G minor for two violins, cello and strings, RV 578:

  1. Adagio e spiccato
  2. Allegro
  3. Larghetto
  4. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 3 in G major for violin and strings, RV 310:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 4 in E minor for four violins and strings, RV 550:

  1. Andante
  2. Allegro assai
  3. Adagio
  4. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 5 in A major for two violins and strings, RV 519:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 6 in A minor for a violin and strings, RV 356:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Presto

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 7 in F major for four violins, cello and strings, RV 567:

  1. Andante
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro – Adagio
  4. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 8 in A minor for two violins and strings, RV 522:

  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto e spiritoso
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 9 in D major for violin and strings, RV 230:

  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 10 in B minor for four violins, cello and strings, RV 580:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo – Larghetto
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 11 in D minor for two violins, cello and strings, RV 565:

  1. Allegro – Adagio e spiccato – Allegro
  2. Largo e spiccato (aka Siciliano)
  3. Allegro

L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 12 in E major for violin and strings, RV 265:

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo e spiccato
  3. Allegro

Transcriptions[edit]

Johann Sebastian Bach later reworked six concertos from this set for a variety of instrumentations:

Recordings[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Quoted by H. C. Robbins Landon, Vivaldi: voice of the baroque, p. 42, University Of Chicago Press (1996), ISBN 978-0-226-46842-6
  2. ^ Allmusic

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