Essay On Vivaldi's Four Seasons
This paper contains a description of the sound, setting, and significance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Janine Jansen at the International Chamber Music Festival on June 29, 2014. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzE-kVadtNw). There are four main pieces of music in this concert, each split into three sections. This was an auditory representation of the four seasons, and an attempt will be made to describe the sound, setting, and significance of this piece.
The concert was performed at the main concert hall at TivoliVredenburg. This was a non-secular setting; however, it was a formal setting as part of the International Chamber Music Festival. The performers were a dressed in black, and it is assumed that this …show more content…
The concert started with spring, which represents a new beginning much like being born. The playfulness of the melodies exuded a sense of innocence. The transition into summer represented the responsibilities assumed when becoming an adult. The fruits of the labor invested in life can be harvested in autumn. Finally, the cold of winter takes over representing death. The intensity of the message was felt by all of the performers, especially Janine Jansen whose expressions were easily read during the concert. This connection was felt between all of the violinists, the cellists, and the harpsichord player. There was clear nonverbal communication between the number one violin and cello player and their ability to play in perfect unison was outstanding.
The interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Janine Jansen was able to signify the ebbs and flows of the cycle of life into a musical masterpiece. The listener was led though an audio journey that enabled the listener to envision each the four seasons through the careful arrangement of melody, loudness, and changes in tempo. It is clear to see why this piece has been described as one of Vivaldi’s