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Sinfonia in G Major RV149 'Il coro della Muse'

Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)

Arcangelo

Arcangelo

Composer
Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Composition Year
1709
Work Movements
1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Allegro
Artists
Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director]), Peter Whelan [bassoon]

Programme Note Writer:
© Norah O' Leary

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on 4 March 1678 in Venice. He was ordained as a priest in 1703 and employed for most of his working life by the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. The establishment was in essence an orphanage for girls that provided a prestigious musical education to a core group known as the figlie di coro. The standard of the figlie di coro was extrordinarily high and their virtuosic reputation extended throughout Europe. Through the stars of the Pietà, the institutation was able supplement its State financing by staging regular Sunday concerts, for which Vivaldi composed the bulk of his 500 plus concerti. These concerti aside, the composer also had a prolific output of operas, sacred and chamber music. In his lifetime he was renowned throughout Europe as both a composer and a virtuoso violinist. After his death, he was quickly forgotten until hundreds of his scores were discovered ninety years ago.

Sinfonia in G Major RV 149 Il coro delle Muse’ is one of the few works by Vivaldi that can be linked to an exact date. On 21 March 1709 the Ospedale della Pietà hosted an extravagant event in honour of Prince-Elector Frederick Christian whose father was King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. Venice was no longer a great maritime power and it was not uncommon for such tribute events honouring important foreign guests to be hosted in order to boost the city's economy. Four of such events were held in the city that spring, with each  trying to out-do the other. High-profile concerts for foreign royalty were a huce source of finance for the Ospedale and unsuprisingly, this event became a showcase of Vivaldi's works. Four of his instrumental works were performed and dedicated to the prince-elector, copies of which were bound and presented to him, including this Sinfonia.

RV 149 opens with a vigorous first movment; a fine example of Vivaldi’s fondness for tirelessly exploiting one figure in a manner that is texturally reminiscent of a solo sonata, with a single melodic voice. The second movement in contrast has a simpler texture, consististing of a single melodic line in the violins which is divided between the bow and pizzicato against an unharmonised bass. The final movement is entrusted to another overwhelming Allegro which is almost theatrical in form.

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Sinfonia in G Major RV149 'Il coro della Muse'

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Performance date: Monday 29th June 2015
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Antonio Vivaldi (b. 1678 - d. 1741)
Work Title Sinfonia in G Major RV149 'Il coro della Muse'
Composition Year 1709
Work Movements 1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Allegro
Artist(s) Arcangelo (Sophie Gent, James Toll [violins], Rebecca Jones [viola], Sarah McMahon [cello], Tim Amherst [bass], David Miller [lute], Jonathan Cohen [harpsichord,director]), Peter Whelan [bassoon]
Performance Date Monday 29th June 2015
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:07:14
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation bsn (2vn,va,vc, db, lute, hpd)
Programme Note Writer © Norah O' Leary

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on 4 March 1678 in Venice. He was ordained as a priest in 1703 and employed for most of his working life by the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. The establishment was in essence an orphanage for girls that provided a prestigious musical education to a core group known as the figlie di coro. The standard of the figlie di coro was extrordinarily high and their virtuosic reputation extended throughout Europe. Through the stars of the Pietà, the institutation was able supplement its State financing by staging regular Sunday concerts, for which Vivaldi composed the bulk of his 500 plus concerti. These concerti aside, the composer also had a prolific output of operas, sacred and chamber music. In his lifetime he was renowned throughout Europe as both a composer and a virtuoso violinist. After his death, he was quickly forgotten until hundreds of his scores were discovered ninety years ago.

Sinfonia in G Major RV 149 Il coro delle Muse’ is one of the few works by Vivaldi that can be linked to an exact date. On 21 March 1709 the Ospedale della Pietà hosted an extravagant event in honour of Prince-Elector Frederick Christian whose father was King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. Venice was no longer a great maritime power and it was not uncommon for such tribute events honouring important foreign guests to be hosted in order to boost the city's economy. Four of such events were held in the city that spring, with each  trying to out-do the other. High-profile concerts for foreign royalty were a huce source of finance for the Ospedale and unsuprisingly, this event became a showcase of Vivaldi's works. Four of his instrumental works were performed and dedicated to the prince-elector, copies of which were bound and presented to him, including this Sinfonia.

RV 149 opens with a vigorous first movment; a fine example of Vivaldi’s fondness for tirelessly exploiting one figure in a manner that is texturally reminiscent of a solo sonata, with a single melodic voice. The second movement in contrast has a simpler texture, consististing of a single melodic line in the violins which is divided between the bow and pizzicato against an unharmonised bass. The final movement is entrusted to another overwhelming Allegro which is almost theatrical in form.