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A comparison between three Vivaldi movements From Lestro Armonica OpIII Antonio Vivaldi was one of the most prominent composers of the Baroque period He lived in Venice Italy for the duration of his life 1678-1741 and taught music at an all-girls orphanage for most of it He was also an accomplished violinist and performed most of his works He composed many Concertos Concerto grossos Religious works and Operas in his life From this vast array of beautiful music I have chosen to compare and contrast the three movements of Concerto in la Minore opIII n6 which were Composed in 1711 The first and last movements have a great deal in common both are written in the minor beginning in A minor Both are also simple time however the first movement is in 44 and the third in 24 they are both fast pieces but the first is marked Allegro whereas the third is Presto However the second movement has a very different feel although it is also in simple time 44 it begins in the key of C minor and is much slower Largo and it is also marked cantabile or singing style With the rest of the ensemble consisting of only two violin parts and a viole or viola playing sempre The first movement begins with all the violins playing in unison stating the subject shortly after the rest of the string orchestra enter firstly the violoncelli or cello then Contrabbassi or double bass and the viole or viola A cembalo or harpsichord enters to form the basso continuo there is also figured bass in the score The third movement also begins without the full string orchestra but it is the other way around all instruments same as movement one play a single cord to form an anacrusis then the violins join also in unison to state the subject Both have a similar effect a strong confident beginning creating great
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