vivaldi’s gloria

When you’re brought up in a family where classical music is the exception rather than the rule, your first exposure to it is memorable.

At junior school, we walked into morning assembly accompanied by, if memory serves, pieces like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and movements from Holst’s ‘The Planets.’

Then at ‘big’ school, aged 11, as a member of the school choir singing treble, one of the first works we performed has lodged in the brain.

It was Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria,’ or more accurately extracts from Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ – to be specific, the opening and closing movements.

Listening to the latest ‘Composer of the Week’ on BBC Radio 3, I tuned in unaware of who was being featured, to hear distinctive music that sounded like Vivaldi.

Ah, the network’s ‘Baroque Spring’ season – so Vivaldi it was.

And then his ‘Gloria’ was introduced and I had the opportunity to hear the whole work.

On the BBC iPlayer, it starts about 20 minutes in and lasts for half an hour.

And it still bring me out in goosebumps.

Vivaldi: Composer of the Week – BBC iPlayer

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