Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) is one of the great stars of classical music. He was exceptional in many more ways than just as an “ordinary great musician of the 18th century” – of whom there were, gratefully, so many.
His greatest talent was that he not only wrote great music, but that he wrote it in such a way that we keep coming back for more. Not only musicians and aficionados, but nearly everyone around us: we like it, we bond with it and we want more.
What are the keys to Vivaldi's mystique? What makes his music so attractive?
His music is simply “all there”, frank, joyful, honest. It is a great source of inspiration, and well worth a detailed study.
In my adaptation of Vivaldi's “La Folla” (1705), I examined what could be changed or even improved upon in my liberal rewrite. I found a few things that Vivaldi might have wanted to play around with. Notably they concerned changes in rhythm and style which I discovered in the second half of the composition. I gathered them up, implemented them, and slowly a new Vivaldi emerged, a less rigid Vivaldi, still definitely a Vivaldi, but now telling his story in a fun, cool and relaxed style.
Listen and enjoy, it's Vivaldi Updated, ready for the 21st century.
Image: Public domain work of art. An anonymous portrait in oils in the Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna is generally believed to be of Vivaldi.