A Conversation for 'The Four Seasons' by Vivaldi
Livzy Started conversation Jan 5, 2001
Extra cheese and black pepper on mine
Kumetanzuka the capricious Posted Jan 6, 2001
*sigh of contentment*
Lovely (as always). I've never seen some of these interpretations. They shed a new light on the concerti and the sonnets for me.
(Io propongo la primavera!)
Kes Posted Jan 6, 2001
Va bene, signorina eco ...
Yes - for me, it was the "Winter" from outside the house that really hit home.
I'm so glad you like the interpretations.
Wol Posted Jan 8, 2001
Please excuse the pedantry, but I think it is worth mentioning that 'the Four Seasons' is not really a coherent set of pieces by itself. They are merely the first four of a set of twelve concerti (Opus 8) published in 1725 under the title 'The Contest of Harmony and Invention' (or 'Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione'). Three of the other eight concertos also have names, and are 'programme music': no.5 ('The Storm at Sea'); no.6 ('Pleasure'); and no.10 ('The Hunt').
Vivaldi is a great composer, responsible for over 500 concertos. It's almost a shame that the Four Seasons are so well-known that they overshadow so much other good music. But I hope people might be encouraged to explore some of his other music (and other experts of the 'concerto grosso' form, such as Handel and Geminiani).
Kes Posted Jan 9, 2001
Yes - thanks for that - it's relevant. I'd focussed just on the one set of pieces, rather than all of them.
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