Today, we start with Spring from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Many OCMS students have played this already in one of their Piano Pronto books. It’s also available in Piano Maestro.
If you have it in your piano book, today would be a great day to review it. (HINT – there might be a quick review at your next lesson!)
Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy, March 4, 1678 and spent most of his life there. His father taught him to play the violin, and the two would often perform together.
He taught at an orphanage for girls and wrote a lot of music for the girls to play. People came from miles around to hear Vivaldi’s talented students perform the beautiful music he had written.
Many people think Vivaldi was the best Italian composer of his time. He wrote concertos, operas, church music and many other compositions. In all, Antonio wrote over 500 concertos.
His most famous set of concertos is The Four Seasons which is a group of four violin concerti. Each of which gives a musical expression to a season of the year. They were written about 1721 and were published in 1725 in Amsterdam.
Here’s a piano version similar to the one in Movement 1 but in a different key.
And the original with Itzhak Perlman playing and conducting!
Want to play a version of this but aren’t using these books? Just ask!
• 1755 ~ Frederico Fiorillo, Italian Violist and composer
• 1757 ~ Ignaz Playel, Austrian Composer and piano builder
• 1763 ~ Johann Caspar Vogler, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1765 ~ Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, Composer
• 1769 ~ Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, Composer
• 1771 ~ Ferdinando Paer, Composer
• 1776 ~ John George Schetky, Composer
• 1804 ~ Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer; “The Father of Russian Music”
More information about Glinka
• 1810 ~ Johann Paul Wessely, Composer, died at the age of 47
• 1826 ~ Carl Bechstein, German piano inventor
• 1826 ~ Hermann Zopff, Composer
• 1848 ~ Otto Valdemar Malling, Composer
• 1886 ~ Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
• 1892 ~ Samuel L M Barlow, Composer
• 1893 ~ Opera “Falstaff” was produced in Berlin
• 1898 ~ Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild, Bandleader for the Jerry Colonna Show
• 1898 ~ Lieb Glantz, Composer
• 1903 ~ Percy William Whitlock, Composer
• 1905 ~ Dinora de Carvalho, Composer
• 1909 ~ Szymon Goldberg, Polish/American violinist and conductor
• 1909 ~ Giuseppe Martucci, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1918 ~ Friedrich Richard Faltin, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1918 ~ Jaroslav Novotny, Composer, died at the age of 32
• 1919 ~ Boris Lazarevich Klyuzner, Composer
• 1921 ~ Nelson Riddle, Grammy Award-winning orchestra leader and arranger of popular music for Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole
• 1926 ~ Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1929 ~ Yehudi Wyner, Composer
• 1934 ~ Pat (Charles Eugene) Boone, Singer, married to Red Foley’s daughter, Shirley
• 1935 ~ Alberto Cametti, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1941 ~ Edo de Waart, Dutch conductor
• 1942 ~ Ernest Pingoud, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1943 ~ Ely van Tongeren, Dutch guitarist and singer
• 1943 ~ Richard Goode, concert pianist. In 1980 he won the Avery Fisher Award
• 1945 ~ Frederica Von Stade, American mezzo-soprano
• 1945 ~ Linda Scott, Singer
• 1946 ~ Carol Neblett, American soprano with the NYC Opera
• 1947 ~ Ron Wood, Guitar with Rolling Stones after 1975
• 1949 ~ Mike Levine, Rock keyboardist/bassist
• 1950 ~ Graham Russell, Singer with Air Supply
• 1955 ~ F Melius Christiansen, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1959 ~ Celebrating a solid year at the top of the album charts was “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” on Columbia Records. The LP stayed for several more years at or near the top of the album charts. It became the all-time album leader at 490 weeks.
• 1960 ~ “Finian’s Rainbow” closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
• 1961 ~ There was a new sound in the air this day. FM multiplex stereo broadcasting was enjoyed for the first time by listeners to FM radio in Schenectady, NY, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC adopted the standard a year later.
• 1964 ~ Rutkowski Bronislaw, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1966 ~ George Harrison was impressed by Ravi Shankar’s concert in London
• 1967 ~ The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released. One of the first critically-acclaimed rock albums, “Sgt. Pepper’s” became the number one album in the world and was at the top of the U.S. album list for 15 weeks.
• 1968 ~ Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson hit #1
• 1970 ~ Everything was Beautiful by Ray Stevens hit #1
• 1971 ~ “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” opened at Golden NYC for 31 performances