Philip Tyre wrote:
> In a message dated 98-05-11 20:10:12 EDT, Broekman wrote:
> << Tom Pixton both did some arrangements of V. Concerti for
> multiple harpsichords >>
> Good memory! Parmentier and Penny Crawford and Bill Porter, in various
> permutations, performed the same, and made an unofficial cassette.
> But what might be done instead is take, say, a violin concerto, rewrite the
> solo for harpsichord right hand, and retain the ensemble score, with bass line
> usually in harpsichord's left hand. This would avoid the somewhat jangly
> effect of massed harpsichords and maybe win over some Vivaldi lovers whose
> toleration of the harpsichord is marginal. The resulting concerti would be
> the functional equivalents of some of Bach's own single-harpsichord concerti.
> Interesting that Bach chose this course, instead of severalling up on the
> harpsichord. Might be harpsichords were scarce at one point or another.
When Philip Tyre was temporarily off the list, I had answered the
question of the existence of Vivaldi harpsichord concertos with the
comment that Oxford University Press in 1987 published my own
reconstruction of a Vivaldi Concerto in A (RV 780 in Peter Ryom’s
thematic catalog of Vivaldi’s works), which was derived from a Double
Concerto in the same key, RV 546, the original violin solo basically
serving as the harpsichord right hand, the cello solo as the left. The
string accompaniment remained as written. Essentially I took up Ryom on
the suggestion that he had made in his catalog. The full details are
given in the forward to my edition.Duration = nine minutes. Not
especially difficult to play and a good bit of fun.The OUP edition
number is 93.007, the ISBN number 019 385769-3 NN. I recorded it,
incidentally, on Chesky CD-78 along with the Four Seasons, directing the
CT Early Music Festival Ensemble, all period players and one to a part.