Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summertime And The Music Is Hot

As we have entered summer on this classical weekend, there are two obvious, appropriate pieces that jump out.  One from the early Baroque era, and one from the more modern, post romantic era of music.

The two pieces are of course, Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" concerto from his great Four Seasons concertos. The other piece is from the great American composer George Gershwin. The aria "Summertime", from his opera Porgy and Bess.  Both of those pieces are well recognized and beloved by the general public.   I give for your enjoyment as we enter the hot summer season.

Vivaldi's Four Season's are a set of four violin concertos, each representing one of the four seasons of the year.  As I have stated before, the concerto form usually contains 3 movements: fast, slow, then fast.

The Summer concerto is in g minor with three movements: 1. Allegro non molto  2. Adagio e piano/Presto e forte  and 3. Presto     The final presto movement is filled with tension and drama and is nicknamed the "storm".   It is my favorite movement of the set of Four Season concertos.

For those of you who are thinking, oh, that's Baroque music...boring.  No, I think when you hear this, especially the final movement, you will say that "summer" is hot.

When you hear "summertime" from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, you may say, like words from the aria, that the "living is easy," but you will definitely say that this music is hot.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy this summer music.


Vivaldi: The "Summer" Concerto in g minor from The Four Seasons:
Movement 1. [00-5:20]      2. [5:27-7:27]      3. [7:31-10:21]:



George Gershwin: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess [Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald]:

 

3 comments:

GreatHairGuy said...
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GreatHairGuy said...

2 GREAT selections.

Big Mike said...

Thanks big Ken!