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16 Jun

This piece, entitled Spring, is actually a portion of Antonio Vivaldi’s larger work, The Four Seasons.  It was composed in 1723, published in 1725, made its first appearance in Amsterdam, spread rapidly through France, and has become one of the most popular Baroque pieces (Wikipedia, The Four Seasons).

    The Four Seasons itself was a component of a larger compilation, Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione (The trial of harmony and invention), opus 8, which was comprised of twelve concertos. The movements of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter reflect the happenings of nature during each of those seasons, such as instrumental sounds to imitate thunderstorms, or leaves floating to the ground. Several others of the twelve concertos (Storm at Sea, Pleasure, The Hunt) also use descriptive notes to depict the theme of the composition. (Baroquemusic.org, Vivaldi)

The rise of the merchant class created a demand for music that was pleasant to listen to, steering it away from severely complex polyphonic styles.  Though simpler in theory than the polyphonic compositions, Vivaldi’s Spring is aesthetically magnificent.  The notes truly echo the splendor of the seasons and celebrate their differences.

References:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Seasons_

2. http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxvivaldi.html%28Vivaldi%29

Blog #2 AMT200

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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Blog #2 AMT200

  1. casavel13

    June 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Amy,
    You did a great job at researching factual information about your piece, especially discovering when it was composed, published, and made a first appearance.
    I would have liked to hear more about what you found appealing in the work. It sounded like you did a lot of research on what the piece represented but it would have been great to hear your personal opinion. You mentioned in the other compositions that instrumental sounds imitate thunderstorms, or leaves floating on the ground, I wonder what was imitated in the spring piece? Birds chirping, or bees buzzing (2:06) were the sounds I could distinguish.

     

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