OldVenice bigWith a novel piece to complete each week, Vivaldi had a hectic schedule. So it is not surprising that several of his well-known works show traces of a rough finish and/or incompleteness. This appears to be the case for the Oboe Concerto RV 436 which ends in this way:

Furthermore, the last movement also contains multiple passages with incongruous chords, rhythms or excessively high notes. Please note elements in bars 7+85, 41-44, 46, 56, 62, and 80. Many recorded performances have already “sanitized” several of those passages, for example in the rhythmically close-to-impossible passages of bars 41-44. In my current amendments to Vivaldi's third movement, I adjusted those passages, and I added eight slowed-down bars to provide a more substantial conclusion to this excellent concerto. For my performance using simulated orchestral tools, I substituted two flutes for the two noted violins.

For the harpsichord versions, I used the Grimaldi harpsichord for the first and the two bass voices, and I used the Ruckers II and the Blanchard instruments for the second and third voices. I have provide two recordings at 440 Hz and 432 Hz, both recorded at exactly the same loudness settings, in order to permit comparable settings over a longer composition.


Orchestral version:

Harpsichord, 440 Hz, equal temperament:

Harpsichord, 432 Hz, well tempered:


MIDI: https://erickeller.ch/media/ek/mid/EKeller_Vivaldi_RV463_3.mid
Sheet music:

Vivaldi, Oboe Concerto RV436: https://erickeller.ch/media/ek/sheets/EKeller_Vivaldi_RV463_3.pdf

My adaptation of Vivaldi's 3rd movemeny of Oboe Concerto RV 436: https://erickeller.ch/media/ek/sheets/Vivaldi-RV463-3.pdf

Image: Old Venice, painting by Stofta, 2006