Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
In his day, Vivaldi, an ordained cleric, was known as the “Red
Priest” because of his striking red hair. But it’s his violin virtuosity and
the hundreds of concertos he composed for the instrument that have earned him
his place in music history. The Four
Seasons, his most beloved work, is a masterful example of Baroque program
music in which the composer paints vivid depictions of bird song, bagpipes,
thunderstorms, and drunken peasants.