Vivaldi celebrated Spring through music…
Best known for his violin concertos “Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn” and “Winter” – (known as “The Four Seasons”) – Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 –1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and ordained Catholic priest born in Venice. His compositions demonstrate he clearly had an appreciation for each of the seasons, but we at Harris like to believe his favorite season was Spring! Here’s the full quote attributed to Vivaldi’s mention of Spring. [Note: For example, there’s no record of his mention of Winter! :)]
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.
– Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi is celebrated as one of the greatest Baroque composers who also composed many different instrumental concertos for a variety of other instruments, sacred choral works and even more than forty operas! Harris Academy of the Arts celebrates the arrival of Springtime, and we wish everyone a chance to enjoy the warmer days ahead with a place in the sun and a favorite song in your heart!
Click HERE for a sample of Vivaldi’s “Spring” on the Harris Academy of the Arts Soundcloud page!