Friday 24 July 2009
Tune of the Day: Cantabile
from Concerto No. 3 “Il Gardellino” by Antonio Vivaldi
The Opus 10 concertos constitute the most significant repertoire that Vivaldi composed for flute. In Concerto No. 3 in D major, RV 428, the Italian composer demonstrates his perfect understanding of the instrument, writing trills, leaps, rapid florid passages, repeated notes, dotted rhythms, all of which evoke the warblings of a real goldfinch (a “gardellino” in Italian).
Today we present the second movement from this concerto, marked Cantabile (‛singable’). It features the flute in a beautiful cantilena in siciliano rhythm over a rocking accompaniment.