Vivaldi – 3 Cadenzas for Concerto RV 208 “Grosso Mogul”

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Three cadenzas for Concerto RV 208 “Grosso Mogul” from Cividale del Friuli. Archivio Capitulare and Schwering, Mecklenburgishe Landsbibliothek (PDF)

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Vivaldi – 3 Cadenzas for Concerto RV 208 “Grosso Mogul”

Vivaldi’s violin concerto in D major, RV 208, survives in three manuscripts:

  • Vivaldi’s autograph score, conserved in Turin.
  • A copy of the parts, conserved in the Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Günther Uecker [de] in Schwerin.
  • Another copy of the parts conserved in Cividale del Friuli.

The Grosso Mogul title appears on the Schwerin manuscript, which was written before 1717. According to Michael Talbot, the name of the concerto can possibly be linked to Domenico Lalli’s Il gran Mogol opera libretto, a setting of which had been presented in Naples in 1713. Later settings of this libretto include Giovanni Porta’s, staged in Venice in 1717, and Vivaldi’s RV 697 (1730).

The Schwerin and Cividale del Friuli copies of the concerto contain two variants of extended cadenzas for unaccompanied violin, in the first and last movements of the concerto.

The present edition present the modern edition of the cadenzas contained in Schwerin and Cividale del Friuli manuscript. [Wikipedia]


Although the cadence for the first movement is almost identical in both manuscripts, the cadence for the third movement is different in each one of them. This is the modern edition of these cadences:

Cadenza, first movement from Cividale del Friuli. Archivio Capitulare ms. senza signature and Schwering, Mecklenburgishe Landsbibliothek ms. 5565.

Cadenza, third movement from Cividale del Friuli. Archivio Capitulare ms. senza signature.

Cadenza, third movementfrom Schwering, Mecklenburgishe Landsbibliothek ms. 5565.