Winter

Composed by Vivaldi

Geneva Lewis remains with the Orchestra for an iconic violin concerto, at once the most direct response to the current season on tonight’s program and the most tied to poetic expression. Antonio Vivaldi, among other things an exceptional violinist, skilled priest, and director of music at a home for abandoned and disabled children, also had a knack for verse. Each movement of the justly beloved “Winter” from The Four Seasons bears a poetic preface that suggests the range of feelings conveyed in the music. Obviously no fan of the cold, Vivaldi himself best introduces his own composition:

  1. Quick tempo. To tremble frozen amidst the snow in biting, horrid winds, running back and forth to stamp icy feet, teeth chattering in the chill.
  2. Slow tempo. To rest contented and quiet by the hearth as those outside are drenched by pouring rain
  3. Quick tempo. To traverse the ice slowly and cautiously, for fear of falling; then turn abruptly, crash to the earth and, rising, hurry across the ice before it cracks; to feel the cold winds course through the home despite the bolted doors: this is winter, which nonetheless brings some delights.

Consider yourself lucky to be not in Vivaldi’s central Italy, but in Florida. No chill wind here!


Program Notes written by Nick Stevens