Vivaldi—The Four Seasons
Lecture no. 2 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 47 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses
Antonio Vivaldi ranks as one of the great geniuses of concerto writing, and The Four Seasons is one of his most enduring masterpieces. Start by exploring Vivaldi’s life and musical innovations in Baroque-era Venice. Then, delve into the four separate concertos of The Four Seasons, depicting humanity’s relationship to nature. Using extensive musical examples, study Vivaldi’s dynamic use of the solo violin and orchestral textures to evoke the characteristics of spring, summer, autumn, and winter.