Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 1996 - Music - 104 pages
0 Reviews
The Four Seasons and the rest of the concertos in Op. 8 represent Vivaldi's remarkable innovation in the field of the Baroque concerto. This detailed guide examines the work's origin and construction in a way that enables the reader to distinguish what is extraordinary about the Seasons and what constitutes the composer's customary method of 'characterising' the solo concerto. Drawing on recent research and his own expertise in the appraisal of Vivaldi's manuscripts, the author draws interesting and sometimes startling conclusions about the conception of the Seasons, the origin of their programme, the dating of the concertos and the rationale behind the collection's ritornello-form structures and aria-like slow movements. The significance of Vivaldi's idiosyncratic art is thus revealed in some of the most popular concert music of all time.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

One collection two Vivaldis
1
Origin and motivation
7
Ritorncllo forms
26
Expression and meaning
50
The slow movements
60
The Four Seasons
67
Notes
91
Select bibliography
98
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information