Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor RV431a II Gran Mogol and E minor RV431
Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor RV431a II Gran Mogol and E minor RV431 (Edition HH)
This is the first modern edition, and reconstruction, of a concerto for transverse flute by Vivaldi with the exotic title ‘Il Gran Mogol’, recently discovered in the Scottish National Archives. Closely related to this work is the composer’s concerto RV 431, of which only the first and last movements survive. Using a transposed version of the slow movement of ‘Il Gran Mogol’, the editor Andrew Woolley has been able to complete RV 431, and the two works are conveniently presented together in this exciting new publication. Performers should seize the opportunity to play these concertos, originally created for the ‘amateur’ market.
Italian composer, Vivaldi (1678-1741) is recognised as being one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was also a respected violinist and teacher. He composed an array of music including a number of violin concertos and a variety of other instruments, sacred choral works and over forty operas.
Among his compositions for the flute, some of the most well-known include his flute concertos and sonatas. Vivaldi’s flute concertos, such as “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch), Gran Mogol, and “La Notte” (The Night), showcase his trademark virtuosity and lively melodies. These concertos often feature brilliant solo passages, rapid scale passages, and beautiful lyrical sections, displaying Vivaldi’s ability to highlight the expressive capabilities of the flute.
In addition to concertos, Vivaldi also composed sonatas for flute and continuo, which feature a more intimate and chamber-like setting. These sonatas display Vivaldi’s inventive and melodically rich writing, creating delightful dialogues between the flute and the continuo accompaniment.
Vivaldi’s works for flute remain beloved and frequently performed, continuing to captivate audiences with their charm, technical demands, and musical brilliance.
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