Kids' Commute: Summer week - Vivaldi part III

May 27, 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.


Remember yesterday, we heard about the shepherd who awoke from his afternoon nap to the sound of thunder in the distance? Well, in today’s movement of Summer, Vivaldi has written about the big summer rainstorm that follows the lightning and thunder we heard about yesterday... 

Here’s the third movement of Summer.

Alas, his worst fears were justified, as the heavens roar and great hailstones beat down upon the proudly standing corn.

Can you imagine a huge rainstorm while you listen to this music?

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

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