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Sheet Music: Spring

TitleSpring
from The Four Seasons
Alternate titlesLa primavera from Le quattro stagioni, Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione
Opus numberOp. 8, No. 1, RV 269
ComposerAntonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE major
RangeB3–G#6
Time signature4/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time10:10
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2009-11-04
Last updated2009-11-04
CategoriesBaroque, Concertos

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Wednesday 4 November 2009

Tune of the Day: Spring

from “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi

Le quattro stagioni (Italian for “The Four Seasons”) is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Composed in 1723, it is Vivaldi's best-known work, and is among the most popular pieces of Baroque music.

Cast in three movements, the Concerto in E major subtitled "Spring" was, like its three siblings, inspired by an Italian sonnet, whose colorful pastoral scenes and events the composer depicts in his wonderfully imaginative music.

Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.

On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.

Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.

Though it is not known who wrote these sonnets, there is a theory that Vivaldi wrote them himself. This makes sense because each sonnet is broken down into three sections, each section corresponding to a movement in the concerto. The Four Seasons can therefore be classified as program music: music that intends to evoke something extra-musical.

Other Movements from the same Work

2.Summer Flute solo
3.Autumn Flute trio
3.Autumn Flute solo
4.Winter: Allegro Flute solo
4.Winter: Allegro non molto Flute solo
4.Winter: Largo Flute & Piano