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The March playlist rolls on…here are the lessons we have done so far:
- Symphony #6 “The Storm” // Beethoven
- The William Tell Overture // Rossini
- Symphony #101 “The Clock” // Haydn
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring // Bach
- Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
Spring is here! At least on the calendar. But soon the trees will agree, and before long I will be complaining about how hot it is. #thestruggleisreal
This video is for the entire work — four seasons, three movements for each season (movement is just a fancy way of saying a distinct part). Spring is the first season in the piece, and today we are focusing on the first movement. So it starts at the beginning and ends at the 3:32 in this video:
So here is the bottom line of what The Four Seasons is all about: Vivaldi took sonnets about each season (some people think he wrote them himself, but no one knows for sure) and wrote music to accompany each. Here is the sonnet for the portion of Spring we are talking about today:
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven.
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.
What’s really interesting about The Four Seasons is how ahead of his time Vivaldi was. The idea of making music “sound” like something was really unusual, as most all music existed only for the church.
For your lesson, read the sonnet and have your kids make a list of what they are listening for (birds, stream, breeze, thunderstorm, birds again). Then do some Musical Sketching and have them draw the elements as they listen to the piece.
Even just teaching your kids that music CAN sound like something is enough to open up their little brains in new and creative ways. Music is powerful for engaging the mysterious right brain – where creativity lives. Let’s harness it! Correct answers are not the point here — let THEM decide what part sounds like the bird and what part sounds like the thunderstorm. It’s all about engaging their hearts and minds in an effort to train their affections.
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