Kids Commute - Summer Week! Tuesday

May 22, 2018

Today, we'll hear the first movement of, "Summer," from THE FOUR SEASONS by Antonio Vivaldi.

Welcome to Day Two of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for this school year - but watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching Monday, June 18th! 

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll listen to music Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the year 1725, he wrote a set of sonnets (poems) about the seasons, and then wrote music to go with them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Ep. 161)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (1st movement, Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

Here's today's Kids Commute:


...and here's the sonnet that Vivaldi wrote for this movement:

Beneath the blazing sun's relentless heat
men and flocks are sweltering,
pines are scorched.
We hear the cuckoo's voice; then the sweet songs of the turtle dove
and the finch are heard.
Soft breezes stir the air...but threatening north wind sweeps them
suddenly aside. The shepherd trembles; fearful of violent storm and what
may lie ahead.