Vivaldi created the ultimate form of the Baroque solo concerto, referred to as a ritornello form, alternating orchestral section (ritornello) with solo sections. Such a structure distinguishe concerts belonging to his most famous collections: L’Estro armonico Op. 4 (1714) and Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’invenzione Op. 8 (1725). Part of the latter are Le Quattro Stagioni. The whole collection was published in Amsterdam by La Céle Publishing House, but many of the concertos were known earlier from the manuscripts (between the others The Four Seasons). Presenting an astonishing richness of composers’s means, of colours and moods, and acquired by virtuoso of violin to their repertoire, they soon became a canon part of them. Since already 1728 The Four Seasons were frequently played during Concerts Spirituels in Paris.
Georg Philipp Telemann atteined a Europ an fame in the matter of ‘sounds painting’, superseding the French masters of the style. One of the better known Telemann’s works belonging to this current is the suite Don Quixote. Describing ironically the adventures of the knight−errand and his loyal squire, he exhibits his musical and plastic talent and his sense of humour: he caricatures Don Quixote’s love sights (4th movement), awkward gallop of Rosinante and of Sancho Pansa’s Mule (6th & 7th movements in meter 3/8).