Kids' Commute: Summer week - Vivaldi part I

May 25, 2015

Celebrate summer this week on Kids' Commute!
Credit Carpe Diem Photography

It’s summer week on Kids’ Commute! Throughout the week, we’re celebrating summer with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Alexander Glazunov. All these composers wrote specific, compositions about our favorite sunny, warm season. Are you ready for summer?

Do you remember Antonio Vivaldi, from “Spring has sprung” week on Kids’ Commute? 

He was a Catholic priest who is more famous for writing music. His most famous music is a collection of violin concertos called, The Four Seasons, which he wrote all the way back in 1725. If you can recall, he wrote a series of poems about the different seasons, and then set them to music.

Well, today we are going to talk about the first movement of his composition, Summer.


Here is the text for the first movement of Summer...

Beneath the blazing sun's relentless heat 
men and flocks are sweltering, pines are scorched.
We hear the cuckoo's voice; then sweet songs of the turtle dove and 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.

Can you feel the scorching sun, and the birds singing their summer songs?

Music piece for today:
Summer - First Movement performed by Anne Akiko Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra

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