Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Vivaldi part I

Apr 20, 2015

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year. Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

 

Antonio Vivaldi is most famous for writing “The Four Seasons,” a collection of four violin concertos representing each season of the year. He wrote this music way back in 1725.

 


In today’s episode, we’re going to hear the first movement of “Spring.”

Antonio Vivaldi was a Catholic priest, who was known as the “red priest” because of his red hair which could apparently be seen underneath his white wig. He spent most of his time writing music, teaching music at a girls school, and of course attending to his priestly duties. “The Four Seasons” are a series of poems he wrote, which he then set to music.

Here is the text for the first movement of “Spring.”
 

"Springtime is upon us.

The birds celebrate her return with festive song,

and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.

Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,

Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more."
 

Listen for the thunderstorm and the birds… can you hear them?
 

Music piece for today:

“Spring - First Movement” by the English Chamber Orchestra

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