Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) was an Italian
Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher,
and priest. Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian
Republic, he is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque
composers, and his influence during his lifetime was
widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental
concertos, for the violin and a variety of other
instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more
than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of
violin concertos known as the Four Seasons.
La cetra (Op. 9) is a set of twelve violin concertos by
Antonio Vivaldi, published in 1727. All of them are for
violin solo, strings, and basso continuo, except No. 9
in B flat, which features two solo violins. The set was
named after the cetra, a lyre-like instrument, and was
dedicated to Emperor Charles VI. The works of Op. 9
were not so widely circulated as those of other recent
volumes of Vivaldi's music. The popularity of the Four
Seasons seems, in fact, to have the effect of blinding
the public to all of Vivaldi's future prints. Three of
the works were known in alternative versions.
Although originally created for Solo Violin, Strings, &
Basso Continuo, I created this Arrangement of the
Concerto in G Minor from "La Cetra" (RV 334 Op. 9 No.
3) for Violin and Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).