St John's C of E Primary School

"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

Vivaldi duets 18.9.23

Our values are 'Service and Friendship' so we are looking at music where artists have collaborated together and looking at what makes such a good musical friendship. 


Vivaldi Duets

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy in 1678. His father taught him to play the violin, and the two would often perform together.  

Many people think Vivaldi was the best Italian composer of his time. He wrote concertos, operas, church music and many other compositions. 


Here are some of his pieces of music where two performers are duetting together. In each one, look how they communicate with each other. They can’t talk while they are performing so they will often look at each other, change their body language, lean into each other... even raise eyebrows. They have to work together so that their performance is in unison.  


Gloria  - Laudamus Te 

This is a choral piece of music. Here, two sopranos are singing together.  


Four seasons - Summer 

Kristine Balanas (violin) and Margarita Balanas (cello) are sisters from Latvia. Both perform as soloists but sometimes they duet together. Here they are playing a movement from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons called ‘Summer’. It is a piece of music that is normally performed with solo violin and chamber orchestra but here they turn it into a duet.  


Double cello concerto 

Here the 2Cello’s perform the Largo which is a slow movement from Vivaldi’s double cello concerto.  

Vivaldi - Gloria - Laudamus Te | EMV

Balanas Sisters encore - Vivaldi Summer