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John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players: The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

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illustrations from the 14th century masterwork Taccuinum Sanitatis
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John Harrison, violin, with Robert Turizziani conducting the Wichita State University Chamber Players. Live, unedited performance at the Wiedemann Recital Hall, Wichita State University, 6 February 2000

Music by Antonio Vivaldi composed 1723 and published in 1725. Recording copyright John Harrison (JohnHarrisonViolin.com)

 

COMPOSITION

The Four Seasons (Italian: Le quattro stagioni) is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Composed in 1723, The Four Seasons is Vivaldi's best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music. The texture of each concerto is varied, each resembling its respective season. For example, "Winter" is peppered with silvery pizzicato notes from the high strings, calling to mind icy rain, whereas "Summer" evokes a thunderstorm in its final movement, which is why the movement is often dubbed "Storm."

The concertos were first published in 1725 as part of a set of twelve concerti, Vivaldi's Op. 8, entitled Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Contest between Harmony and Invention). The first four concertos were designated Le quattro stagioni, each being named after a season. Each one is in three movements, with a slow movement between two faster ones. At the time of writing The Four Seasons, the modern solo form of the concerto had not yet been defined (typically a solo instrument and accompanying orchestra). Vivaldi's original arrangement for solo violin with string quartet and basso continuo helped to define the form.

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LynneHerbofGrace on 04/05/13 at 09:31PM
I am making my first home movie to share with my friends. I am an amateur photographer. I love your music, and I appreciate you making this available. I will provide a URL, when I am done.
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1HarryH on 11/19/13 at 10:47AM
Absolutely fantastic playing, love it.Thanks for the opportunity to use your music on Youtube videos.
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hy2510 on 02/17/14 at 03:01AM
good
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chrisleigh on 09/02/14 at 12:03PM
out of all baroque music the four seasons is my favorite to listen to
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chrisleigh on 09/02/14 at 12:24PM
I find winter mv 1 electrifying
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