Concerto RV 297 - L'inverno (2/3 : Largo)
Concerto Op. 8, No. 4 - Winter - The Four Seasons - Le quattro stagioni
This famous Largo is the second of three movements in the Concerto RV 297, Op. 8, No. 4 (L'inverno) by Antonio Vivaldi.
This concerto is part of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons [Le quattro stagioni], a series of four concertos part of Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione [The Contest of Harmony and Invention].
These 12 concerti were published in Amsterdam by Le Cène in 1725.
Each concerto in the Four Seasons is associated to a sonnet probably written by Vivaldi.
The verses corresponding to the Largo of the Winter concerto are as follows :
Passar al fuoco i di quieti e contenti, Mentre la pioggia fuor bagna ben cento[To spend calm, contented days by the fireside while hundreds are soaked by the rain outside]
This Largo was originally composed for the violin in the key of E flat Major.
This score is an arrangement for string quartet (two violins, viola and cello).
It remains in the original key of E flat Major.
Please note that the Violin 1 part contains suggestions for adding ornamentation to certain passages.
The violin 1, violin 2, viola and cello parts are appropriate for Grade 5 string players.
Duration : 02:23
Source : Antonio Vivaldi, Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Op. 8 (Amsterdam : Le Cène, 1725).
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