Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons are four violin concertos composed in Venice, Italy, at the height of the Baroque era in 1720. They were striking for the time: modern, virtuosic and energetic, they used music to evoke a scene and tell a story. Each is based on a “sonnet” (possibly written by Vivaldi himself), that elucidated what it was in the spirit of each season that his music was intended to evoke.
The great Italian composer was a genius in the way that he used music to deftly paint that scene and evoke a seasonal mood. The ‘Autumn‘ concerto, many regard as one of the greatest works in classical music.
The concerto has the conventional three movements, taking you through fast-slow-fast, all painting a glorious pastoral scene.
The first movement begins at a country dance at a harvest festival. The music is crisp and carefree. As the solo violin lines become more virtuosic, you can hear the dancing and jollity, with a good amount of Italian wine in the mix! You can hear the music fall to sleep before rejoining the dance.
The second movement takes the form of a beautiful Adagio molto. With softly arching strings, you can hear the cooler air of autumn arrive.
Joy returns in the third movement with a Baroque hunt and one of the most charming pieces in classical music. You can almost hear the crackle of leaves underneath the hooves of the horses and dogs as they dart over the autumnal countryside.
Obtained from https://www.ccvichapel.org/post/vivaldi-autumn-otoño