Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most recognizable pieces of music in human history. The music was composed from 1720 to 1723 and consists of four violin concerti, which all contain three movements following the order of fast-slow-fast. Each of the concerti (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter) are distinct in their representations of the seasons and perfectly illustrate the Baroque period in which it was composed. In fact, many music experts consider Four Seasons to be one of the most daring compositions of the era, and point to this boldness as one of the many reasons why the composition has remained so significant throughout the years.
Our favorite piece of the Four Seasons is the 1st movement: Allegro in Spring. The piece encapsulates the playful cheerfulness associated with Spring and is a perfect celebration of the season. In honor of the recent March Equinox– which signals the beginning of Spring– listen to world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell perform this timeless masterpiece to celebrate the season!
-by Isaiah Crooks, C4K Intern