Saturday, September 21, 2019

Autumn Strings

As we enter the first week of Fall or Autumn, with the Autumnal Equinox on Monday, Sept. 23, 201, there is no better way to enter it than with the Baroque master of the seasons, the Italian virtuoso violinist and great composer, Antonio Vivaldi.  

Antonio Vivaldi [1678 - 1741]
Vivaldi's most famous work was his "Four Seasons", a set of 4 violin concertos, with each concerto representing one of the four seasons.  The "Four Seasons" were composed in 1725.

The season of Autumn was represented by his concerto #3 in his set.  The Autumn concerto was scored in F Major with the usual 3 movements: 1. Allegro, 2. Adagio Molto, and 3. Allegro. 

Please turn up the volume and enjoy this Baroque composer's Autumn concerto from the Four Seasons. 

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons Concerto #3 in F Major, "Autumn":

As a bonus, here is a beautiful song by the 20th century Hungarian/French composer, Joseph Kosma. Once again, please turn up the volume and enjoy on this first week of fall.

Joseph Kosma: "Autumn Leaves" for orchestra:

And finally here is another bonus song for Autumn, composed by Jazz composer Vernon Duke, "Autumn in NY".  In this great version on You Tube the legendary greats, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong perform this beautiful song that I hope you will enjoy!  

Vernon Duke: "Autumn in NY" performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong:

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