The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
The Four Seasons is the title of a book of four concertos for violin and orchestra of the Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. It is a work that describes the four seasons. These four concerts are included in Il cimento dell'Armonia and dell'inventione, Op. 8 Each of these concerts is divided into three movements.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was a violinist of San Marco in Venice, born in 1678. He wrote about seven hundred seventy works, among them his concerts, which he wrote about 500 for various instruments, 220 of which are dedicated to the violin, an instrument which Antonio was a virtuoso.
Baroque music is later than the other arts. The secular music prevails over religious, where the vocals and instruments are matched in importance. There is independence in styles, with more demarcation of national styles. What is important is the dramatic. Prevail the vertical or homophonic style. The same composer practices four genres: sacred, secular, vocal and instrumental. The melodies are broad, varied, and ornamented with vibrant rhythm.
Spring is divided into three movements, which are allegro, where the arrival of spring is announced, where the solo violins imitate the birdsong; largo, describing a goat sheperd sleeping with his dog near him, representing its barks by the viola; and allegro, representing shepherds and nymphs dancing.
Summer is divided into three movements, which are allegro non molto, a slow introduction that describes the intense summer heat; adagio-presto-adagio, where thunders announce a storm; and presto, representing flying insects fleeing the storm.
Autumn is divided into three movements, which are allegro, representing peasants dancing and collecting their harvest; adagio molto, representing the drunken peasants falling asleep; and allegro, representing hunters heading into the woods with their dogs.
Winter is divided into three movements, allegro non molto, representing the effects of cold, chattering teeth and shaking of the body; lento, which represents a rainy afternoon enjoying being sheltered in the house and the heat of the fire in the fireplace, the rain being represented by the pizzicato of the first and second violins; and allegro, where while walking, the ice cracks and all rush to take refuge at home.
In conclusion, the Four Seasons for me has been the first piece of classical music that I came to appreciate, so for me is very important in my life. It is an artwork that almost I know by memory, and I hope someday to be able to play it in my violin.