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.
Vivaldi composed several settings of the Magnificat
hymn. The original setting for single choir, RV 610, is
generally indicated when Vivaldi's Magnificat is
performed and discussed.
The work is divided into nine movements. Performances
require approximately 20 minutes. All movements are
scored for four-part chorus, strings and continuo,
unless indicated otherwise.
RV 610 was composed either before 1717 or in 1719. Set
in G minor, and although originally scored for 2
soprano soloists, alto and tenor soloists, SATB choir,
violin I and II, viola, and basso continuo (cello and
organ), I created this arrangement for Viola & Concert