Few pieces of music are more iconic than Vivaldi’s “Spring” concerto. From the first few notes, the listener is transported to another time and place, where one lounges on a chaise with a cup of tea in a manicured garden. It’s the most well-known of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and a favorite at any time of the year.
Bring that magic into your home with our piano arrangement of Vivaldi’s Spring! Keep reading to download the sheet music for Vivaldi’s Spring, and to learn more about the composer and where this piece came from.
Who was Antonio Vivaldi?
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was a Venetian violinist, composer, and Catholic priest. He was born on March 4, 1678 and died in 1741 at the age of 63. Today, he’s considered one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era (1600-1750), influencing even the great Johann Sebastian Bach.
When Vivaldi was 25, he started working at an orphanage in Venice, the Ospedale della Pietà. Much of Vivaldi’s music was written for the orphanage’s all-girl ensemble, which gained accolades from all over Europe for its brilliant playing.
Side note: Want a fun story set in Venice, featuring the girls of this orphanage, Vivaldi’s beautiful music, and the composer himself? We recommend “Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery,” the compelling tale of a young orphan girl who joins Vivaldi’s school at the Pietà. A fully acted audio drama, “Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery” uses more than 24 excerpts from Vivaldi’s most popular and important works. A great way to learn about the music by entering the world it came from!
La Primavera and The Four Seasons
Vivaldi excelled at the violin – playing it, teaching it, and writing for it. In fact, he didn’t really write for the solo keyboard at all! His most famous compositions are for the violin, including “The Four Seasons.”
“The Four Seasons” is a set of four concertos (or concerti, to be proper) for violin and string ensemble. A concerto is a piece for a solo instrument accompanied by a large ensemble, often divided into three sections or “movements.” Each concerto represents – you guessed it – a different season: Spring (La Primavera), Summer (L’estate), Fall (L’autunno), and Winter (L’inverno).
Fun fact: Vivaldi actually published sonnets (a type of poem) to go along with each season, describing images and scenes we might experience. In Spring, listen for the sounds of bird calls and a barking dog. Summer starts slow and heavy, weighed down by humidity before breaking into a raging storm. In Fall, we hear hunting parties and harvest dances, and Winter brings freezing winds and warm, cozy fires. You can read the original sonnets on Wikipedia.
Play La Primavera on the Piano!
One of the great things about learning piano? You can play almost any music on the piano – even pieces that weren’t originally written for it! We’ve taken parts of the first movement of “La Primavera” and arranged it for piano, with 5 different levels: Early Elementary (Units 1-4), Elementary (Units 5-8), Early Intermediate (Units 9-14), Intermediate (Units 15+), and Advanced.
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