ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) *Praambulum by Matthias Maute
Concerto for two transverse flutes, strings, and basso continuo in C major RV533
1. Praambulum* - Allegro
Performed by Ensemble Caprice Directed by Matthias Maute
*This group's recording of this piece was inspired by a current theory that Vivaldi may have had come into contact with and was strongly inspired by Slavic and Gypsy folk music. The evidence to support this claim is very reasonable: for instance, the "ospedale della pieta" thsat Vivaldi taught at for years lay on the Riva degli Schiavi (the slavic canal). He also traveled extensively through slavic country. Perhaps though, the best evidence can be seen in various concertos. A book published during Vivaldi's lifetime known as the "Uhvroska" collection featuring folk and gypsy music contains music with many strikingly similar features to Vivaldi's music.
With this concerto, the "umpa umpa" octaves of the bassline and the eighth note rythm followed by two sixteenths of the opening tutti, are identical to rythms used in the "Uhrovska". This has inspired the ensemble to create a Fantasia in the gypsy style to act as an introduction.