Accademia Hermans

Vivaldi and his Imitators

Accademia Hermans (Italy)
Saturday, November 29 at 8 PM Pre-concert talk 7:10 pm Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora (at Quadra)

“Engaged and engaging…tour de force”  Early Music

The son of a violinist and probably a pupil of Giovanni Legrenzi, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) taught music between 1703 and 1740 at the Ospedale della Pieta, one of the four original institutions of Venice which combined hospital, convent and orphanage. These institutions cared for the sick and for the upbringing of children, whose education included a solid musical background.

His employment at the Ospedale gave Vivaldi constant access to his own orchestra and singers, an advantage he used to the fullest. Although he is said to have composed 50 operas and numerous oratorios, many of which have been lost, he is best known today as the composer of instrumental music. In this field well over 600 works survive that can be attributed with some certainty to his genius. They include about 90 sonatas for two and three instruments, 23 symphonies, and over 500 concertos, 96 of which were assembled and published as collections during his lifetime.

With such a prodigious output, there were bound to be imitators. Some produced compostions they ascribed to Vivaldi; their works have enlivened the discussion of musicologists for over a century. Vivaldi’s canon is further complicated by additions that have continued to turn up into the 21st century in obscure European libraries. The evening’s programme includes one obvious imitation, a violin sonata transcribed by J.S. Bach for keyboard, but there are also, probably, two less obvious imitations, which Accademia Hermans will challenge EMSI’s audience to confirm.

Founded in 2000 by its director, Fabio Ciofini, the Accademia Hermans hails from the province of Umbria, in Italy. It combines young and experienced musicians whose love for early music performance is creating an international success story. Not yet well known in North America, the ensemble has played at a number of European festivals and recorded for several European labels.

Yayoi Masuda, Sara Montani – violins
Alessandra Montani – cello
Fabio Ceccarelli – baroque flute
Fabio Ciofini – harpsichord

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Chamber concerto in G major RV 102
Vivaldi: Trio sonata Op. 1 Nr. 8 RV 64
JS Bach (1685-1750): Concerto in F major BVW 978, transcribed for harpsichord from Vivaldi RV 310
Vivaldi: Trio sonata in D major RV 84
Vivaldi: Cello sonata in A major RV 43
Vivaldi: Chamber concerto in C major RV 89

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