Vivaldi's Music StylesMusical Styles Contributed to the development of the three-movement concerto structure and a leader in establishing ritornello form Developed idiomatic writing for strings
Exploited string virtuosity through technically demanding writing, including rapid passage work, string crossings, arpeggio figurations, double stops. Incorporated programmatic writing ,descriptive titles
Frequent use of sequences
Fond of asymmetrical phrase lengths.
Vivaldi's Life (1678 - 1741)Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy. The son of a violinist, grew up in his native Venice.
Italian Baroque composer, priest, virtuoso violinist. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over 40 operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos know as The Four Seasons.
The Baroque EraThe Baroque era marks the introduction of a new style of music- Monody, featuring solo song with instrumental accompaniment. Monody was developed by groups of writers and musicians (such as Florentine Camerata) in order resurrect the musical-dramatic art of ancient Greece, this new vocal style focused on the text and its emotional power. Harmony was notated with figured bass, a shorthand that allowed the performer to supply the chords through improvisation.