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Vivaldi Concerto Op. 3 No. 10 - L'Estro Armonico

Arranged for Guitar Quartet

By Elias Barreiro

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Guitar (Classical) - Intermediate
Arranged for Guitar Quartet. Composed by Elias Barreiro. Classic. E-book. 40 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications - Digital Sheet Music (M0.95577EB).

Item Number: M0.95577EB

ISBN 1619112221.

The tenth concerto in B minor in L'Estro Armonico (best translated as The Harmonious Inspiration), which is edited here in A minor - for four solo guitars - is one of the most famous in the entire collection -- indeed, inVivaldi's entire output. Scored for foursolo violins, two solo violas, solovioloncello, and an strings orchestra. Johann Sebastian Bach not onlyadmired Vivaldi's Opus 3; he copied it openly. In a general sense the Vivaldi pieces gave impetus to much that is in the German master's Brandenburg Concertos. More particulary, six concertos of Vivaldi's Opus 3 were copied by Bach as the basis for six of his concertos: two for 0rgan (BWV 593 and 596 based on Opus 3 nos. 8 and 11 respectively), three for solo harpsichord ) BWV 978, 972, and 976based on Opus 3 nos. 3, 9, and 12 respectively), and one for four harpsichords and orchestra, in A minor (BWV 1065 based on Opus 3 no. 10). Bach frequently rewrote concertos scored for one kind of instrument, substituting another. It is evident thatBach thought not so much in terms of the violinistic nature of the originals but in their harmonic and rhythmic potentialwhich could be realized on anyinstrument. Since Bach has already justified anarrangement of Opus 3 number 10 by the great aesthetic success of his four -harpsichord version, it serves to reason that an arrangement for fourguitars is equally valid. Just as Bach preserved everything of the original Vivaldi and added only a few doubling to accomodate the left hands of theharpsichordists, so in this version the substitution of guitars is done with little or no change of original-notes. Thearpeggios especially prominent in the second movement lend themselves ideally to guitar playing, and the ability of the guitar to play both lyrical lines as well as passage work suits theviolinistic lines and passages of the original.

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