This is such a high energy piece…hard not to tap your toe as you listen. How long do you think it takes a violinist to learn to play a piece of Vivaldi’s music? My son plays a little bit of Vivaldi’s music and it takes lots and lots of practice!
Were you surprised when the music changed to a slower section? Which part did you like better…fast or slow?
Vivaldi is one of the first composers many families listen to as part of their music appreciation plans. He is famous for his Four Seasons masterpiecesand we immediately recognize these works when we hear them. His vibrant style and his amazing command of stringed instruments inspires us all as we listen. I picked the following selection for this week’s listening because it highlights three distinct sections ( easily distinguished by everyone if you pay attention.
You may wish to challenge your children to indicate when the music “changes” in speed and tone. Active listening will help your child as he develops his classical music “ear”.
If you are trying to learn about the musical instruments of the orchestra, there are several featured in this week’s video. Point out the differences in the stringed instruments and how they are similar and how they are different.
Young Woman Seated at a Virginal by Johannes Vermeer
Older students may wish to start a composer listening log for each of the composers we listen to over the coming months. You can click and download a free log above. You can find some suggestions on how to use the listening log and some examples in this entry: Appreciating Great Music: For Children and Moms Too.