Fabrizio Ammetto I concerti per due violini di Antonio Vivaldi
“Studi di musica veneta. Quaderni vivaldiani”, XVIII
Leo S. Olschki editore, Florence, 2013
In the whole of Europe the most important composer of concertos for two violins is indubitably Vivaldi (1678-1741), who produced almost thirty works of this type during almost the full length of his creative career. The book examines this particular side of Vivaldi’s activity, starting with an examination of the concerto in Rome, Bologna, and Venice at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The aspects investigated include the ‘conceptual’ origins of the double concerto for two violins in Vivaldi, the nature, distribution and interrelationship of their sources (particular attention being given to compositional revisions in the autograph manuscripts) and an analysis of the works themselves that takes in form, tonal structure, technical-instrumental character and performance practice. Th e concertos that have come down in particularly problematic non-autograph sources are discussed in detail. A reconstruction is off ered of the two works (RV 520 and RV 526) that have survived only in incomplete form, lacking the part of the fi rst soloist. Th e concertos for two violins composed in Germany by Telemann and J. S. Bach, the contemporaries of Vivaldi who paid greatest attention to the double concerto genre, are then described and analysed. The book ends with a complete list of modern editions of Vivaldi’s concertos for two violins and a select discography.