Tuesday, June 21, 2016

It's Summertime And The Music Is Hot

This being the first day of summer, Tales extends its classical music weekend for this Monday June 20, 2016 to celebrate the summer solstice with some hot music.

Summer Solstice - June 20, 2016  - good day sunshine! 
And what can be hotter than Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" concerto from his "Four Seasons".  Antonio Vivaldi was a great Italian Baroque composer and a violin virtuoso.  His most well known work was his set of four short violin concerti that represented each of the seasons.  Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is not just his most well known piece, it is also one of the most well known pieces in the Baroque repertoire.  The Summer concerto is the second concerto of the Four Seasons which is in G minor.  The first movement [in the following video from 0-6:00] is scored allegro non molto.  The second movement [6:06-8:08]  is scored Adagio e piano-presto e forte. And the exciting final movement [8:12-end], often referred to as "the storm", is scored presto.  The first two movements of the summer concerto have an unusual dual character-both starting slow, calm, but have phrases intertwined that are tense and fast.  The final movement is tense and exciting from beginning to end.  It is one of my favorite movements of all the 12 movements in the "Four Seasons".

Also, how can a Tales classical summer weekend be considered hot without the song "Summertime" from the great early 20th century American composer George Gershwin.  "Summertime" was one of the great aria's from Gershwin's beloved opera "Porgy and Bess."   Summertime and the music is hot on the Tales. I think you will love this version featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Finishing this "hot" weekend on the Tales is a piece by one of my favorite composers, the Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn.  Of course, I am talking about one of his famous pieces, "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  His "Overture To A Midsummer Night's Dream" is very melodic and beautiful.

So, please turn up the volume and enjoy some hot music on this Tales classical music special honoring the first day of Summer.

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto #2 in G-minor, "Summer", from "The Four Seasons":

George Gershwin: "Summertime", aria from "Porgy and Bess":

Felix Mendelssohn: Overture in E-Major to "A Midsummer Night's Dream":

Tales bonus special - The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun":

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