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Antonio  Vivaldi

Born: March 4th, 1678
Died: July 28th, 1741
Country of origin: Italy
Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist, learnt to play the violin from his father, was ordained as a priest in 1703 and became a 'maestro di violino' at the girls' conservatoire 'Ospedale della Pietà' in Venice for which he wrote most of his works and the concerts of which under his direction became very famous.
From 1716 he was a 'maestro de concerti' there, but in1718 he started to go on numerous trips to Italian cities as well as to Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam, mainly in order to perform his operas. From 1723 to 1725, he lived in Rome for the most part. An intrigue led to Vivaldi's financial ruin as an operatic impresario in 1737 and forced him to leave Italy. He died destitute in Vienna.
Vivaldi was one of the greatest violinists of his time. His significance as an instrumental composer is primarily based on his almost 500 concertos varied in form, instrumentation and character which decisively influenced the development of the genre in the late Baroque era. Among them are about 350 concertos for solo instrument and orchestra (about 230 of them for violin, the others for almost all instruments common at that time), more than 40 double concertos, over 30 for three to four soloists, about 30 group concertos without tutti, and about 60 string concertos without solo instruments which can be regarded as an early form of the symphony.
The concertos (e.g. 'The Four Seasons', 1725) are in three-movement form throughout, the first movement usually showing a clear ritornello structure. Their characteristic features are a subtly nuanced instrumentation, an effective melodic structure (especially in the slow middle movements influenced by the opera) and a lively rhythm. Vivaldi's style had a formative influence on many composers, as for example Bach's arrangements of his works show. Furthermore, Vivaldi wrote 46 operas (21 extant), three oratorios, more than 90 sonatas and trios, and numerous secular and sacred vocal works.

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  1. Sonata E minor

    Sonata E minor

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    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : cello and basso continuo
    Order No. : CB 204 Q11678
    €9.99  *
  2. Concerto per archi

    Concerto per archi

    E Minor
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    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : string orchestra and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 163 Q1156
    €12.99  *
  3. L'Estro Armonico

    L'Estro Armonico

    Concerto grosso D Minor
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    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    op. 3/11 / RV 565 / PV 250
    Instrumentation : 2 violins, cello obl., strings and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 165 Q1157
    €17.99  *
  4. Concerto ripieno

    Concerto ripieno

    C Major
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    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : string orchestra and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 178 Q1161
    €12.99  *
  5. Concerto G Minor

    Concerto G Minor

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    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    op. 12/1 / RV 317 / PV 343
    Instrumentation : violin, string orchestra and organ
    Edition : separate part, Cello/Double Bass
    Order No. : ED 901-14 Q10816
    €4.99  *
  6. Catone in Utica

    Catone in Utica

    Opera in tre atti
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : soloists, choir and orchestra
    Edition : vocal/piano score, critical edition
    Language : Italian
    Order No. : BBC 3388
    €24.95  *
  7. Concerto D Major

    Concerto D Major

    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : cello, string orchestra and harpsichord
    Edition : separate part, Harpsichord
    Order No. : ANT 121-15
    €9.50  *
  8. Catone in Utica

    Catone in Utica

    Opera in tre atti
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : soloists, choir and orchestra
    Edition : text/libretto, critical edition
    Language : Italian - English
    Order No. : BBC 3383
    €19.95  *
  9. Laudamus te

    Laudamus te

    Duet from "Gloria"
    Instrumentation : 2-part treble voices (SS) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : Latin - English
    Order No. : BHI 5400744
    €3.50  *
  10. Gloria, Gloria

    Gloria, Gloria

    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Editor : Chambers, Robert
    Instrumentation : female choir or children's choir (SSA) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English - Latin
    Order No. : BHI 5400963
    €4.95  *

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Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist, learnt to play the violin from his father, was ordained as a priest in 1703 and became a 'maestro di violino' at the girls' conservatoire 'Ospedale della Pietà' in Venice for which he wrote most of his works and the concerts of which under his direction became very famous.
From 1716 he was a 'maestro de concerti' there, but in1718 he started to go on numerous trips to Italian cities as well as to Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam, mainly in order to perform his operas. From 1723 to 1725, he lived in Rome for the most part. An intrigue led to Vivaldi's financial ruin as an operatic impresario in 1737 and forced him to leave Italy. He died destitute in Vienna.
Vivaldi was one of the greatest violinists of his time. His significance as an instrumental composer is primarily based on his almost 500 concertos varied in form, instrumentation and character which decisively influenced the development of the genre in the late Baroque era. Among them are about 350 concertos for solo instrument and orchestra (about 230 of them for violin, the others for almost all instruments common at that time), more than 40 double concertos, over 30 for three to four soloists, about 30 group concertos without tutti, and about 60 string concertos without solo instruments which can be regarded as an early form of the symphony.
The concertos (e.g. 'The Four Seasons', 1725) are in three-movement form throughout, the first movement usually showing a clear ritornello structure. Their characteristic features are a subtly nuanced instrumentation, an effective melodic structure (especially in the slow middle movements influenced by the opera) and a lively rhythm. Vivaldi's style had a formative influence on many composers, as for example Bach's arrangements of his works show. Furthermore, Vivaldi wrote 46 operas (21 extant), three oratorios, more than 90 sonatas and trios, and numerous secular and sacred vocal works.
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per page
  1. Sonata E minor

    Sonata E minor

    Download Edition
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : cello and basso continuo
    Order No. : CB 204 Q11678
    €9.99  *
  2. Concerto per archi

    Concerto per archi

    E Minor
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : string orchestra and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 163 Q1156
    €12.99  *
  3. L'Estro Armonico

    L'Estro Armonico

    Concerto grosso D Minor
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    op. 3/11 / RV 565 / PV 250
    Instrumentation : 2 violins, cello obl., strings and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 165 Q1157
    €17.99  *
  4. Concerto ripieno

    Concerto ripieno

    C Major
    Download Edition
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : string orchestra and basso continuo
    Edition : score, = Harpsichord
    Order No. : CON 178 Q1161
    €12.99  *
  5. Concerto G Minor

    Concerto G Minor

    Download Edition
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    op. 12/1 / RV 317 / PV 343
    Instrumentation : violin, string orchestra and organ
    Edition : separate part, Cello/Double Bass
    Order No. : ED 901-14 Q10816
    €4.99  *
  6. Catone in Utica

    Catone in Utica

    Opera in tre atti
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : soloists, choir and orchestra
    Edition : vocal/piano score, critical edition
    Language : Italian
    Order No. : BBC 3388
    €24.95  *
  7. Concerto D Major

    Concerto D Major

    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : cello, string orchestra and harpsichord
    Edition : separate part, Harpsichord
    Order No. : ANT 121-15
    €9.50  *
  8. Catone in Utica

    Catone in Utica

    Opera in tre atti
    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Instrumentation : soloists, choir and orchestra
    Edition : text/libretto, critical edition
    Language : Italian - English
    Order No. : BBC 3383
    €19.95  *
  9. Laudamus te

    Laudamus te

    Duet from "Gloria"
    Instrumentation : 2-part treble voices (SS) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : Latin - English
    Order No. : BHI 5400744
    €3.50  *
  10. Gloria, Gloria

    Gloria, Gloria

    Composer : Vivaldi, Antonio
    Editor : Chambers, Robert
    Instrumentation : female choir or children's choir (SSA) and piano
    Edition : choral score
    Language : English - Latin
    Order No. : BHI 5400963
    €4.95  *

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