Antonio Lucio Vivaldi nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The
Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian
Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born
in Venice. 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 known as The Four Seasons.
His Opus 14 Sonatas are part of the cello’s ‘great
repertoire and also some of the works from the last
years of the ‘Red Priest’. Quite simply, these sonatas
are splendid, making this instrument sound as only a
composer who is an experienced virtuoso instrumentalist
himself – in this case, a violinist – can do.
Although originally composed for Cello and Basso
Continuo, I created this arrangement for Solo Viola and
Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).