Concerto from "L'Estero armonico"

From Wind Repertory Project
Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (arr. David Marlatt)

This work bears the designation Op. 3, No. 9, RV 230 (J.S. Bach BWV 972)

General Info

Year: 1711 / 2016
Duration: c. 8:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00


1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro


Full Score
Solo B-flat Piccolo Trompet
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A fairly common practice in the Baroque era was for organists (especially the great J.S. Bach) to "borrow" and transcribe orchestral music from themselves or other composers to create spectacular organ solos. Bach adapted several works by Vivaldi, especial from the set of pieces entitles L'estero Armonico (Op. 3). This particular transcription was Op. 3 No. 9 and was originally for solo violin and string orchestra. The brilliant showy solo line interspersed with tutti sections lent itself well to the colours of the organ.

The majority of the material has been taken from the original string version, but there are some sections that Bach wrote out some terrific ornaments that the arranger felt compelled to include. Other flourishes were added by Chuck Seipp for whom this arrangement was written.

- Program Note by arranger

L'Estro Armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), Op. 3, is a collection of twelve concertos for one, two and four violins written by Antonio Vivaldi in 1711. It augmented the reputation of Vivaldi as Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest). Vivaldi scholar Michael Talbot described the set as "perhaps the most influential collection of instrumental music to appear during the whole of the eighteenth century".

- Program Note from Wikipedia

For Chuck Seipp.

- Program Note from score

This attractive transcription is written for solo clarinet or solo piccolo trumpet and concert band (minus percussion). During the Baroque era, it was common for organists, including J.S. Bach, to transcribe their orchestral works, as well as the works of other composers, for the purpose of creating spectacular organ solos. Bach adapted several of Vivaldi’s works, and in the case of this piece, originally scored for solo violin and string orchestra, the flamboyant solo line interspersed with tutti sections lent itself particularly well to the colors of the organ. Expertly scored, this transcription draws the majority of its material from the original string version but also includes several of Bach’s ornaments as well as other flourishes that were added by trumpeter Chuck Seipp, for whom this setting was written.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor; Chuck Seipp, trumpet) – 17 September 2016 – Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • L'estro Armonico, Wikipedia Accessed 15 September 2016
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist. August 2017, 41. Print.
  • Personal correspondence with Timothy Robblee, 15 September 2016