Credo (Vivaldi)

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The Credo in E minor (RV 591) is the only extant setting of the Nicene Creed by Antonio Vivaldi. Another setting exists (RV 592) but is of dubious authenticity.


RV 591[edit]

Figure 1. Measures 1 and 2 of the Violini I e II staff of RV 591.

RV 591 has four movements. In a style similar to his psalm setting of In exitu Israel (RV 604), the first movement adorns the chorus' simple rhythms of crotchets and minims with the orchestra playing semiquavers and quavers. The second movement is a brief choral episode in the stile antico, borrowing thematic material from the composer's Magnificat. The fourth movement is based on a semiquaver-quaver motif similar to the first movement, and closes with a fugue.

Figure 2. Measures 129 and 130 of the Violino I staff of RV 588.

The first (and final) movements open with a motif which bears similarity to a brief passage found in the first movement of the Gloria (RV 588).


  1. Credo in unum Deum
  2. Et incarnatus est
  3. Crucifixus
  4. Et Resurrexit


RV 592[edit]

RV 592 is a disputed composition, attributed to Johann Adolph Hasse.


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