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Antonio Vivaldi:
Poetry and Sound Effects in Vivaldi's Spring Concerto

Vivaldi based each of his The Four Seasons concertos on a set of sonnets -- poems. The music in each of the Four Seasons describes exactly what's going on in the poems. "Spring" includes birds, brooks, breezes and thunderstorms. See how many of those you can hear in Vivaldi's music.

Music heard in this episode:
Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons

Other shows about Antonio Vivaldi:
About Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concertos Through the Ages
Spring Music

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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.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. One of Vivaldi's most famous works is called

The Storn

The Four Seasons

A Little Night Music

La Mer

The William Tell Overture

2.The Four Seasons concertos are based on a set of sonnets.



3. Program music tells a story without words.




Antonio Vivaldi
“Spring” from The Four Seasons

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

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