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Antonio Vivaldi:
Spring Music


Vivaldi is not the only composer who wrote music about the seasons, or about spring. Many other composers wrote springtime music.

Music heard in this episode:
Morley: It was a Lover and his Lass
Schumann: Symphony #1 (Spring)
Mendelssohn: “Spring Song” from Songs Without Words
Beethoven: Violin Sonata #5
Glazunov: The Seasons
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Strauss: Voices of Spring
Orff: “Ecce Gratum” from Carmina Burana
Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons

Other shows about Antonio Vivaldi:
About Antonio Vivaldi
Poetry and Sound Effects in Vivaldi's Spring Concerto
Violin Concertos Through the Ages

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About Antonio Vivaldi
3/4/1678 - 7/28/1741
Born in Italy

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy, which is where he spent most of his life. His father taught him to play the violin, and the two would often perform together.

Antonio continued to study and practice the violin, even after he became a priest. He was called the "Red Priest" because of his flaming red hair. However, after a while, his bad asthma kept Antonio from saying Mass.

After that, Vivaldi spent all his time writing music and teaching. He taught at an orphanage for girls, and wrote a lot of music for the girls to play. People came from miles around to hear Vivaldi's talented students perform the beautiful music he had written.

Many people think Vivaldi was the best Italian composer of his time. He wrote concertos, operas, church music and many other compositions. In all, Antonio wrote over 500 concertos. His most famous set of concertos is The Four Seasons.

See other composers born in Italy

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. Which of the following composers did NOT write a piece called Spring?

Robert Schumann

Felix Mendelssohn

Ludwig van Beethoven

Igor Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein


2.Who wrote Appalachian Spring?

Leonard Bernstein

John Williams

Charles Ives

Aaron Copland

Scott Joplin


3. Who wrote The Rite of Spring?

Igor Stravinsky

Alexander Borodin

Modest Mussorgsky

Sergei Prokofiev

Dmitri Kabalevsky



 

Antonio Vivaldi
"Spring" from The Four Seasons


Composed in 1723
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor
Takako Nishizaki, violin

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