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

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