Johann Schobert – Piano Concerto

Johann Schobert (c.1735-1767) was a harpsichordist, fortepianist, and composer. He was an important influence on the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart borrowed melodies from movements of Schobert’s harpsichord sonatas and used them in some of his earliest piano concertos. He also borrowed other musical ideas from Schobert and built on those ideas in his earliest piano sonatas.

Here is a recording of Johann Schobert’s Piano Concerto in G major.

Vivaldi Concerto con molti istromenti in C major, RV558

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian composer and violin virtuoso.  Today he is best known as the composer of 4 violin concertos called the Four Seasons.

Vivaldi composed around 550 concertos.  About 350 of his concertos are for a solo instrument, and of those roughly 230 are violin concertos.  Vivaldi also composed some interesting concertos for multiple solo instruments with orchestra (about 30), and nearly 60 concertos for orchestra without a solo instrument (the orchestra is the solo instrument).

Here is a recording of one of Vivaldi’s concertos for diverse instruments (a concerto for multiple instruments) played by the famous baroque ensemble Europa Galante.  It  is full of rhythmic drive and it is lively.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Vivaldi Concerto with multiple instruments: