Friday, 20 January 2017

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

This week's topic on Unit Study Roundup is Spring.

I decided to write about something by one of my favourite composers and one of his compositions that happens to tie in with the theme of Spring. Antonio Vivaldi composed The Four Seasons which has music to represent the four seasons.  It is a group of four concerti.  Each concerto has three movements.  A concerto is a piece of music that features a particular instrument and has orchestral accompaniment.  It is different to a symphony which is a piece that is for the whole orchestra without featuring a soloist.  Whenever you see concerto for violin, that tells you that the violin is the feature or soloist instrument of the piece of music.

Vivadi composed The Four Seasons and also wrote some poems to go along with it.  Here is a link to the poems in their original Italian and translated into English: The Four Seasons Sonnets

Vivaldi's arrangement of The Four Seasons is as follows and I have included a link to each of the concerti so that you can listen to them idividually:

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "Spring"" (La primavera)
Allegro (in E major)
Largo e pianissimo sempre (in C♯ minor)
Allegro pastorale (in E major)

Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "Summer" (L'estate)
Allegro non molto (in G minor)
Adagio e piano - Presto e forte (in G minor)
Presto (in G minor)

Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "Autumn" (L'autunno)
Allegro (in F major)
Adagio molto (in D minor)
Allegro (in F major)

Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "Winter" (L'inverno)
Allegro non molto (in F minor)
Largo (in E♭ major)
Allegro (in F minor)

If you don't want to listen to all of the concerti individually, here is a link of the Budapest Strings playing The Four Seasons  and their conductor is Bela Banfalvi,

Who was Antonio Vivaldi?    He was born on March 4, 1678, in Venice, Italy, Antonio Vivaldi was ordained as a priest though he instead chose to follow his passion for music. He died on July 28, 1741.  He is composer from the Baroque era.

His father, Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, was a professional violinist who taught his young son to play too.  Vivaldi sought religious training as well as musical instruction.When he was 15, he began studying to become a priest. He was ordained in 1703. Vivaldi was known as "il Prete Rosso," or "the Red Priest" because he had red hair.

Vivaldi's work, including nearly 500 concertos, have influenced subsequent composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, who just so happens to be another one of my favourite composers and yes, he is from the Baroque era too.

If you would like to read more about Vivaldi, go to the Biography website to learn more about this wonderful composer.

Here are the other blog posts on the topic of Spring for this week's Unit Study Roundup:

8 Spring Kids Crafts You'll Want To Do Today! from Playdough & Popsicles

Get Outside with a Spring Scavenger Hunt {Free Printable} from Crafty Mama in ME

Nature Walks in the Spring - Books, Printables, & Activities from Faith and Good Works

Planting with Preschoolers from Bambini Travel

Children's Books About Spring from The Jenny Evolution

Spring Writing Prompts from Schooling a

The Four Seasons by Vivaldi from Tales of Education at Home

50 Spring Crafts for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Hanami: Celebrating Spring under Cherry Blossoms in Japan from FrogMom

Spring Color by letter/ sight word worksheets from Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading

If you want more great resources visit the home base of our Free Unit Studies and find 60+ topics and 100's of fun and informative blog posts.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!

This week at Unit Study Roundup, our theme is Saint Patrick's Day.  My contribution to the Unit Study Roundup for this theme is a word search.

What is Saint Patrick's Day?  Saint Patrick's Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland.

He was born in Britain, kidnapped and taken to Ireland at the age of 16.  He escaped and then returned and is credited with having taken Christianity to Ireland.  It is celebrated on the anniversary of the day that everyone believes that he died,  March 17, 461.   The first ever Saint Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland but was in America on March 17, 1762.  It was Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military paraded through the streets of New York and this parade helped the Irish soldiers there to connect with their Irish roots and with other Irish soldiers serving in the army at the time.

Today at Tales of Education at Home, I am sharing a word search that I created with some words that have an Irish or Saint Patrick's Day theme.

The words and phrases you will need to find are:




I have saved this on my Google Drive and you can download it from here: Saint Patrick's Day Word Search

Unfortunately this time I was having technical difficulties and could not embed the PDF into the blog post, so I apologise for making another link to click on.   I hope that you have fun doing this.

Here are the other blog posts for this week's theme at Unit Study Roundup:

Super Cute Leprechaun Traps For St. Patrick's Day from Playdough and Popsicles

St Patrick's Day Nonsense Word Game {Free Printable} from Crafty Mama in ME

Simple St Patrick's Day Read + Make for Toddlers from My Storytime Corner

Children's Books about Leprechauns from The Jenny Evolution

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Slime from Schooling a Monkey

Happy St Patrick's Day! from Tales of Education at Home

Shamrock Pretzels from The Usual Mayhem

St. Patrick’s Day I Spy Printable from The Moments at Home

St Patrick's Day Outdoor Fun for Kids from FrogMom

If you want more great resources visit the home base of our Free Unit Studies and find 60+ topics and 100's of fun and informative blog posts.