Sheet Music: Andante

TitleAndante
from Concerto for Two Mandolins in G major
Opus numberRV 532
ComposerAntonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyE minor
RangeE4–C6
Time signature4/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time3:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-07-23
Last updated2011-07-23
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Saturday 23 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Andante by Vivaldi

from Concerto for Two Mandolins in G major, arranged for two flutes

The exact date of composition for the famous Concerto for two Mandolins in G major is unknown, but it is assumed that Vivaldi wrote it for the students at the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi worked from 1703 to 1740.

The middle Andante is arguably the most famous movement of the Concerto. It is in E minor, with the two mandolins performing throughout over just violins and violas played pizzicato and in unison. The graceful melody is built mostly of overlapping, echoing phrases, with the two soloists coming together only to intensify the emotion at certain points.