Song/Poem of the Day: Autumn (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi

autumn

“The four seasons” is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, maybe the world’s most popular and recognised pieces of Baroque music. The concertos are accompanied by sonnets that depict the seasons. Though it is not known who wrote these sonnets, there is a theory that Vivaldi wrote them himself, given that each sonnet is broken down into three sections, neatly corresponding to a movement in the concerto. Whoever wrote the sonnets, The Four Seasons may be classified as program music, instrumental music that intends to evoke something extra-musical.

Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn)

1. Allegro

Vineyard.:

The peasant celebrates with song and dance the harvest safely gathered in.
The cup of Bacchus flows freely, and many find their relief in deep slumber.

— italian —

“Celebra il Vilanel con balli e Canti
Del felice raccolto il bel piacere
E del liquor de Bacco accesi tanti
Finiscono col Sonno il lor godere”

…….

2. Adagio Molto

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The singing and the dancing die away
as cooling breezes fan the pleasant air,
inviting all to sleep
without a care.

— italian —

“Fà ch’ ogn’ uno tralasci e balli e canti
L’ aria che temperata dà piacere,
E la Staggion ch’ invita tanti e tanti
D’ un dolcissimo Sonno al bel godere.”

…….

3. Allegro

The breeze of heaven, Flows through his mane, He gallops through my heart, And back again. -by Jessica Fankhauser:

The hunters emerge at dawn,
ready for the chase,
with horns and dogs and cries.
Their quarry flees while they give chase.
Terrified and wounded, the prey struggles on,
but, harried, dies.

— italian —

“I cacciator alla nov’ alba à caccia
Con corni, Schioppi, e canni escono fuore
Fugge la belua, e Seguono la traccia;
Già Sbigottita, e lassa al gran rumore
De’ Schioppi e canni, ferita minaccia
Languida di fuggir, mà oppressa muore.”

……

List of concertos and movements

  • Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring)
    1. Allegro
    2. Largo e pianissimo sempre
    3. Allegro pastorale
  • Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer)
    1. Allegro non molto
    2. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
    3. Presto
  • Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn)
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio molto
    3. Allegro
  • Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter)
    1. Allegro non molto
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso (“The Red Priest”) because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, Catholic priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over forty operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.

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2 Responses to Song/Poem of the Day: Autumn (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi

  1. Pingback: Song/Poem of the Day: Spring (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi | The Dancing Rest

  2. nesskingsley says:

    Oh, I do love a bit of Vivaldi!

    Like

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