Vivaldi hated the viola

Vivaldi hated the viola


norman lebrecht

March 17, 2018



  • Charles Clark Maxwell says:

    Thanks for posting. Hilarious.

    Bring on the viola jokes guys !

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    “Vivaldi composed the same concerto 400 times”, said Stravinsky at the time of the “Vivaldi revival” in the 50’s. One can say that it was a great concerto. Most of his music was composed or simply put together for use in one or in a few occasions, and not intended to be preserved, as the careless frivolity of that viola part. If we keep to the concertos and trios and sonatas that he published during his lifetime (op. 1-12, also “op. 13” that he probably did not approved), I think that every piece is simply wonderful.

  • Doug says:

    In his contract with the Esterhazy court Haydn demanded that the orchestra employ viola players that could actually read music.

  • stolzing says:

    I hate this viola player

  • Mirel Iancovici says:

    Is somebody here thinking that the cello part would be more interesting and rewarded than that ?

  • Michael Comins says:


  • boringfileclerk says:

    Vivaldi, the baroque Philip Glass hated music full stop. Pick one of his concertos, you’ve heard them all.

    • JoBe says:

      Indeed, he *hated* music so much that Johann Sebastian Bach looked up to him and to his concerti and used these as structural models for his own…

  • Kees Vlaardingerbroek says:

    Funny! But in reality Vivaldi wrote many brilliant viola parts, especially in his contrapuntal concerti ripieni

  • Ben G. says:

    As recently seen in Strad magazine:

    “World renowned quartet seeks first and second Violins, including Cellist, for a 2018-19 international tour. (contact details below).”

  • Violist says:

    And, apparently, this violist hates practicing.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    The second easiest job in show business.