Kids' Commute: Summer week - Vivaldi part II

May 26, 2015

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

It’s summer week on Kids’ Commute! Throughout the week, we’ll be celebrating summer with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Alexander Glazunov. All these composers wrote specific, compositions about the 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.


Today, we are going to talk a little bit about the violin you hear playing Vivaldi’s Summer

It turns out the violin was built all the way back in 1741- almost as old as Vivaldi’s composition itself! These recordings of Vivaldi’s music that we heard yesterday, and will hear today and tomorrow, were the first recordings ever made with this very old violin.

Alright, so today we look at the second movement of Summer.

His limbs are now awakened from their repose by fear of lightning's flash and thunder's roar, as gnats and flies buzz furiously around.

Listen for someone waking up from a nap, in the muggy summer weather. Can you hear the bugs buzzing?

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

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