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Vivaldis first recorder concert, the concert in F-major (RV 442) he wrote originally for alto recorder, strings and basso continuo. The editing for recorder-quartet represents all movements unshortened. It offers- in opposite to the virtuoso recorder concerts RV 441 and RV 443-445 - the chance to get to work on a wonderful Vivaldi-concert in the difficulty of the (easy) middle level.
The original composition "pour deux flûtes ou deux violons et la Basse Continue" in g-minor was transposed in this editing for AATB one fourth upwards to c-minor. The parts of both recorders und of the bass could be taken over without any important changes, the third tenor part comes with the possible suspension of the general bass.
The quartet is originally a concert for 2 recorders, vioka and violoncello & b.c., but it also sounds convincing as a clear recorder quartet, especially since the addition "pour le flut" is noted in the continuo in the Dresdener source. The bass part can be especially well doubled with a great bass, overall this creates a sonorous, warm sound in diverting motives with partially virtuoso playing figures.
Order of movements: Grave - Vivace - Tendrement - Gayment