Sheet Music: La notte

TitleLa notte
Alternate titlesFlute Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Opus numberOp. 10, No. 2, RV 439
ComposerAntonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time9:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-09-18
Last updated2010-09-18
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Saturday 18 September 2010

Tune of the Day: La notte

by Antonio Vivaldi, arranged for solo Flute

In 1728, when the publisher Le Cène ordered six concertos for transverse flute, Vivaldi went to no great trouble to supply them: he merely transcribed several existing recorder concertos. These jewels of his Opus 10 have been ever since amongst the composer's best-known works, and rightly so: the engaging chirping of the Goldfinch (“Il Gardellino”), the turbulent Storm at sea (“La tempesta di mare”), and most of all the unforgettable ghosts and nightmares of Night (“La notte”) are eloquent proof of his unequalled ability to conjure up an atmosphere in just a few bars.

“La notte” is unique among the Opus 10 concertos: in fact, it is the only one in a minor key, and the only one to have six movements, while all others just have three. Moreover, the second and fifth movements have descriptive titles, respectively “Fantasmi” (“Ghosts”) and “Il Sonno” (“Sleep”). Because of the challenges in the fast movements, this is probably the most difficult of the Opus 10 concertos, too.