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 wrote a set of six sonatas for cello and
continuo, written between 1720 and 1730, and published
in Paris in 1740 by Leclerc and Boivin. These sonatas
were published without an opus number; sometimes they
are refered to as Opus 14.
In addition to this publication, Vivaldi wrote at least
four other cello sonatas. The manuscripts of two of
these are kept in the library of the conservatories of
Naples, and another is kept in the castle of
Wiesentheid. One sonata in D minor (RV 38) has been
Although originally composed for accompanied Cello, I
created this arrangement for Viola & Cello.