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Vivaldi’s Complete Cello Sonatas

This week, a turbulent relationship with an Italian institution.

Vivaldi

Photo: Phrood

Possible portrait of Antonio Vivaldi Early 18th century. The fact that the painting actually depicts Antonio Vivaldi has been questioned by some sources (e.g. by Groves dictionary).

It is widely known that Vivaldi worked at a girl’s orphanage, but did you know that he didn’t enjoy much job security? The board of the orphanage voted each year on whether to keep their teachers for the next year, and sometimes Vivaldi didn’t make the cut. So his employment there was intermittent for close to forty years. But how did they ever get along without him? He was originally hired as a violin teacher, but held many different positions during his employment at the orphanage including instructor of all stringed instruments, chorus master, and music director. All this; and he wasn’t a bad composer either!

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in E flat
David Watkin, cello/Helen Gough, cello/Robert King, organist — Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas (Hyperion, 2010)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in E flat
David Watkin, cello/Helen Gough, cello/Robert King, organist — Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas (Hyperion, 2010)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in a
David Watkin, cello/Helen Gough, cello/Robert King, organist — Vivaldi: The Complete Cello Sonatas (Hyperion, 2010)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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