Big Art Week – Bleasdale

 

Bleasdale chose Winter by Antonio Vivald. Here are some facts about the composer and the music:

Born: 1678

Died: 1741

Nationality: Italian

Around 300 years ago when he wrote The Four Seasons he was one of the first people to compose music that was designed to remind listeners of places and things in the world around them.

Antonio Vivaldi was taught to play the violin by his father and they regularly performed together in Venice.

After training as a priest Vivaldi soon switched to teaching the violin to girls at an orphanage in Venice, where part of his job was to compose music for them to play.

The Four Seasons

Vivaldi was a virtuoso violinist and so it’s no wonder that the violin is star of The Four Seasons.

In the first movement of ‘Winter’ Vivaldi brilliantly conveys the biting cold, gusting wind, trembling bodies, and chattering teeth on his beloved violin.

Each of the four concertos gives the violin a chance to conjure up sounds and pictures from each period of the year, from barking dogs and mosquitos, to summer storms and birds happily singing the arrival of spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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