Viola d'Amore concertos
by Vivaldi -
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Born in 1678, Antonio Vivaldi remains the leading baroque Italian composer of the eighteenth century. He wrote an enormous amount of music in practically all genres, but his fame mostly rests on his sacred music and the innumerable number of concertos that he wrote for the leading instruments of his time. One exception is the 'viola d'amore', for which Vivaldi composed just eight concertos; a most unusual occurrence, considering the composer's fecundity in concerto writing.
Vivaldi's relationship with this particular instrument seems to have started on 25 August 1717 in Cento, Italy, when the composer performed on an instrument that was to all intents and purposes just as unusual then as it is now...
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