Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Winter

Just discovered this video of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Winter – a virtuoso violin performance by Chloe Chua. This delightful music video has over 4 million views.

CHLOE CHUA / Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala

As I mentioned recently in my Vivaldi Four Seasons Music Notes, Antonio Vivaldi published the music along with poems that explain the seasons. So that if someone reads the poems while hearing the music “one would find the poetic scenes synchronizing nicely with the musical imagery.”

The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi were written about 300 years ago – in 1720, and published in 1725.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Winter Poem

A short selection from the winter poem, translated by Betsy Schwarm

Frozen and shivering in the icy snow,
In the severe blasts of a terrible wind
To run stamping one’s feet each moment,
One’s teeth chattering through the cold.

To spend quiet and happy times by the fire
While outside the rain soaks everyone.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons Winter. A road in between trees covered in snow
A road between trees, covered in snow. Winter scene from Hagfors, Sweden.

The Menuhin Competition

The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international competition for young violinists under the age of 22. The most recent Menuhin Competition took place in Geneva from 12-22 April 2018 and the next competition will take place in Richmond, VA (USA) from 13-23 May 2021.

The Menuhin Competition honors the legacy of Yehudi Menuhin. “From child prodigy to one of the 20th century’s finest and most celebrated artists, Yehudi Menuhin devoted much of his life to teaching music, forging links between cultures, and bringing classical music to those who may not have access to it, especially the most disadvantaged as he was convinced that music is a powerful social bond.” 

Sources and Related Links

  • Photo of snow covered road and trees by Pigoff Photography via Unsplash
  • Violin Channel – Story about Chloe Chua – {Quote: “11-year-old violinist Chloe Chua from Singapore is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young concert artist of outstanding potential.”} ~ Reviewed on 17-Nov-2020
  • ~ Reviewed on 17-Nov-2020
  • Article about The Four Seasons by Betsy Schwarm – {Quote: “The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi’s works. Unusually for the time, Vivaldi published the concerti with accompanying poems (possibly written by Vivaldi himself) that elucidated what it was about those seasons that his music was intended to evoke.”}  ~ Reviewed on 17-Nov-2020
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Winter (Full) – The Four Seasons – A different recording (9 minutes, 23 seconds) of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Winter music with over 12 million views (listens) on YouTube (labeled SONI0406 – FESTIVE BAROQUE) ~ Reviewed on 20-Nov-2020
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