Antonio Valvaldi The Four Seasons Review

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"Four Seasons" by Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi's, "The Four Seasons", is one of the most popular pieces of music ever composed. It is regularly used for commercials and television shows as well as background music in movies. "The Four Seasons" portrays spring, winter, autumn and summer with a brilliant composition of music, capturing the atmosphere of each season. Each season has a sonnet written by Vivaldi himself to accompany it. His sonnets influenced the brilliant musical compositions.

Vivaldi's, "The Four Seasons", had a great influence on the musical world because it presented a new type of tune and a new idea. Vivaldi had created program music, which is music that represents or portrays something. He represented the four seasons of the year with a different tune for each season so one can hear the differences between each part of the year. Each piece of music was composed in different tunes: Concerto No.1

in E Major, which was "Spring", Concerto No.2 in G Minor, which was "Summer", Concerto No.3 in F Major, which was "Autumn", and Concerto No.4 in F Minor, which was "Winter."

These songs basically created a stage for more program music because they took each season and put very realistic sounds and feeling into them. Composers or famous Baroques that took after Vivaldi's works had to create mature pieces such as "The Four Seasons." In the concertos, many sounds are heard but the techniques of the violins are what stand out. The violins create an atmosphere for each season like no other instrument can. Modernly electrical equipment is used to compose sounds of nature or even violins, but Vivaldi created the ultimate techniques of a violin.

Vivaldi is the father of the solo concertos such as the ones that are...