This concerto in three movements was published around 1950, though little is known about its composition date or circumnstances. The only source for this concerto is a manuscript in the National Library of Turin, found amongst a collection of Vivaldi manuscripts. It is believed to be Vivaldi’s only trumpet concerto. Some of the material from the second movement also appears in his RV 110 violin concerto.
Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, double concerto for trumpets and strings by Antonio Vivaldi, one of the few solo works of the early 1700s to feature brass instruments. It is the only such piece by Vivaldi.
The rarity of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets stems from the difficulties inherent in the Baroque trumpet. At the time, trumpets were natural, or valveless. The instrument’s range was quite restricted, and much depended on the performer’s lip control, as with the modern bugle.
As with the great majority of Vivaldi’s concertos, this one begins with a quick and sparkling movement to catch the attention of the audience and to showcase the bright tones of the solo trumpets. This is followed by a languid and very brief second movement, with fanfare-like passages from the soloists overlaying sustained string tones. For the final movement, Vivaldi returned to brilliant mode with quick energy and intricate passages for the soloists.
Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major, RV. 537
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