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Concerto for viola d'amore and lute in D minor, RV540
This serene movement, scored for the two soloists and one single line of violins, comes from a concerto which Vivaldi wrote specifically for a concert at the Pietà in Venice on 21 March 1740 for the Crown Prince of Saxony-Poland. It is likely that the d’amore soloist was Anna Maria, one of Vivaldi’s most famous and versatile students. He included her initials in the title, styled ‘per viola d’AMore’.

from notes by Roy Goodman © 1999

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