Concerto for Four Violins in B minor Opus 3 No.10
Antonio Vivaldi

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2nd of Vivaldi's 4 entries.

Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins might not sound crazy to a modern audience, but must have caused a stir when it was written in 1711. The music is in B minor, a key Vivaldi only used 12 times in the course of his vast instrumental output, saving it for particularly expressive music. During the course of his lifetime, this concerto was one of his best-known works, thanks to its publication in his earliest concerto collection L'estro armonico — roughly translated as 'music mania'.

Violin by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin (1918).