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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Vivaldi's Winter

Sunday, January 28, 2018


If you don't like this, I'll stop writing music.  â€”Vivaldi


​Our last January 2018 Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features Antonio Vivaldi.


He wrote a spectacular group of concertos titled Four Seasons and "Winter" has always been my most favorite of the four because of its charming chaotic-ness.


Today's English Chamber Orchestra musical performance is particularly spectacular because it fills my heart, as I suspect it will for all who listen. 


If winter has a sound, this masterpiece is it.


For me, the first movement rhythmically describes chaotic whirling and twirling falling snowflakes, until the fast trill of the violins invoke intense shivering caused by extreme cold and gusts of wind. 


The second movement is called rain. It speaks to being inside, safe from the intense cold, observing the snow and breathtakingly beautiful ice crystals on windows, trees, and meadows. 

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After a peaceful opening violin solo, the third movement imitates vast openness and serenity, followed by gusts of winter wind that slowly grow into howl force, finishing the storm with gentle drifting snow and sculptural icy art.


Consider taking the time to listen to Vivaldi's three “Winter” movements with your eyes closed and possibly a bit louder than you normally might. You, too, will hopefully visualize personal images of beautiful winter days and nights in snow country.


Enjoy and have a lovely Sunday morning.


Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

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