Composer Study: Vivaldi

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Recommended Listening

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, Nr. 6 - If you have a student that is taking Suzuki violin lessons, they will definitely know this piece! This is a great recording of the full concerto

Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello, RV 580 - This recording is made with a student orchestra and soloists. It’s most inspiring to see young people playing so well!

Concerto for Recorder in C minor, RV 441 - Vivaldi wrote wonderful music for this instrument. Can you describe the difference between this instrument and a flute?


Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461 - Here’s another inspiring performance by a young student who is excellent! 

Gloria for Choir and Orchestra, RV 589 - This BBC video recording was made in the orphanage building in Vienna where Vivaldi taught for 37 years, using an all-female choir and orchestra. You can really imagine what it would have been like in the original performance!

Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C Major, RV 573

The Four Seasons - These four concertos are here recorded using instruments like the ones Vivaldi would have had, with scenes from Venice. Look below the video for the text of the sonnets that describe the seasons. Many people think Vivaldi wrote the sonnets as well as the music.    This one is “Spring”, RV 269

“Summer”, RV 315

“Autumn”, RV 293

“Winter”, RV 297

Recommended Reading

Books  for Younger Children

Books for Older Children and Adults

A scholarly book by a great music history expert. This is a little long, but well worth it if you want to study this composer in depth