I have been struck by how lyrical and spontaneously beautiful is the music of the Venetian master, Antonio Vivaldi. We should never disparage his work, only revel in it!
If you’re feeling more chaleureuse about Friday, this French chanson may evoke it:
“What early music has been needing even more urgently than other branches of classical music has been a new infusion of old fashioned — truly old-fashioned — performerly values: not self-elimination but self-asserting, crowd-pleasing exhibitionism and vulgarity, the kind for which Mozart was famous, and Handel, and Vivaldi.”
— Richard Taruskin, “Early Music,” in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays (Berkeley, 2009), p. 130.