Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) Concerto in C major RV 444
edited by Robert Paul Block and David Lasocki [S-rec(A-rec,fl,picc),str,bc]
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Antonio Vivaldi's popular concertos RV 444 and RV 445 have been in the MUSICA RARA catalogue for quite a while now, albeit only in their original scoring with strings and basso continuo. These two new versions for recorder and piano thus close a long-existing gap. In the preface, the editor discusses his choice of the solo instrument at length, revealing why he unequivocally decided in favor of the sopranino recorder. Nevertheless, the highly virtuoso solo part can also be played by other recorders and flutes.
The manuscript score of the concerto is in the possession of the Biblioteca Nazionale in Turin, Italy, under the indication Giordano 31, f. 272r–281r. The title is Conto: P Flautino Del Vivaldi, and there is no further indication of instrumentation.
All editorial suggestions for slurs, accidentals and trills are shown in brackets.
Iowa City, Fall 1969