I feel like I haven’t posted Wednesday Music in ages! But never fear, Wednesday Music has returned this week. This week’s piece is appropriate, given the time of year for those of us up in the northern hemisphere. (I know I have several Australian readers, so I felt the need to specify that!) It’s been really, really hot recently where I live.
Here’s a bit about Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, L’estate (Summer).
- This piece is one of four violin concerti that make up Vivaldi’s group of compositions collectively called The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni for you Italian speakers out there!). Each one is meant to evoke one of the four seasons. They were published in 1725.
- In addition to music, there are also accompany sonnets to go with each piece. This means they are called program music.
- In addition to the sonnets, Vivaldi has instructions in the music. The instructions for summer include “Languor caused by the heat.” I guess it’s safe to assume that Italy gets hot in the summer!
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