Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) wrote many concertos that
featured a variety of instruments as soloists. The
Double Concerto in B-flat, RV 548, was originally
written for oboe, violin, strings, and continuo, and is
a good representation of the traditional concerto form
of the time - Fast, Slow, Fast. The Allegro movements
are sprightly and full of musical enthusiasm, while the
middle movement is beautifully rhapsodic.
Three different instrumentations have been prepared by
Dave Camwell for this concerto: 1) oboe or flute, soprano saxophone
and keyboard, 2) two soprano saxophones and keyboard, and
3) two alto saxophones and keyboard. The version that
features saxophone with a different instrument (oboe or
flute) follows the original closely, in that the
oboe/flute plays the melody, with the saxophone taking
the harmonically supportive secondary line. In the
versions for two soprano or two alto saxophones, the
melody is shared equally.
This edition is not an urtext version; certain sections
contain notated ornaments, as well as suggestions for
trills, mordents etc. Like all pieces of this era,
ornamentation is strongly recommended when appropriate.
The second movement provides a good opportunity for the
soloists to provide embellishments in the repeated
The edition on this web page is for oboe (flute), soprano
saxophone and keyboard. See links listed in "Related
products" for the other versions.
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