Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) was an Italian
Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and
cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the
greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during
his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He is known
mainly for composing 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.
Little is written about his Violin Concerto in Bb 'Il
cornetto da posta' (The Posthorn), RV.363.
Although originally composed for Solo Violin and
Chamber Orchestra, I created this arrangement of the
Largo Movement 2 for Viola & Cello.