I attended Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert on Sunday April 17, 2011 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church performed by the SCC chamber orchestra. Vivaldi was a baroque composer and the Four Seasons is considered to be a great masterwork in all Western Art. The Four Seasons is a series of four concertos; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each season contains 3 movements and was composed in 1725, in a set of 12 concertos entitled “Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione” (The test of Harmony and Invention). Each concerto is in the distinct form of fast-slow-fast movements. The Four Seasons is a set of four solo concertos for violin, string orchestra and basso continuo. The texture of each concerto resembles each of the presented season. This piece by Vivaldi is considered program music. Program music is instrumental music associated with a story, scene, poem, or idea that is often found in the romantic period.
The first season we heard in this concert was Winter. It was performed be Stephenie Roeper, who has played the violin for 13 years. This season has three movements, but only the second movement was performed for us. The second movement sounds like someone spending quiet content days by the fire while it’s raining outside drenches people by the hundreds. When I heard this movement, it felt like I was sitting in front of a fireplace, while trying to warm up from the bitter cold outside. But, when she played it almost sounded like her violin was not tuned correctly, or something was off, but she kept playing, and that takes a lot of courage. Overall it was a wonderful performance. I thought the Dynamics were good and when it needed to be loud it was, and when it needed to be soft it was. When the orchestra and Stephenie on the Violin came together, it was pretty cool, especially at the beginning when the violins were plucking their strings along with her.
The second season we heard was Spring. In the...