Poetry and Performance in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Each of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is based on a sonnet written by the composer himself. As you listen to the selected movements from each concerto, consider how  Vivaldi translates his words into music.

Amici Strings will perform the entire “Four Seasons” with readings of the poems and a performance by violin soloist Paul Roby at our free concert on July 29, 2016.

Spring

“Spring” awakens with evocative bird calls.

spring


Summer

This movement 3 from the “Summer” Concerto evokes thunder and lightning: a summer storm rages…

summer

Autumn

The third movement of the “Autumn” Concerto depicts The Hunt. Wild beasts flee the hunters with their weapons and dogs, but ultimately, there are those who cannot escape.

autumn

Winter

The slow movement of Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto illustrates a winter rain; the plucked strings (pizzicato) of the orchestra are the raindrops which soak the passersby.

winter