Beautiful and heartwarming, dive into Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Antoine Vivaldi spent years teaching young girls at an orphanage to play beautiful music, but many believed that his fanciful nature was bad for the girls. When he and his students are separated, Vivaldi is inspired to write and compose one of his most famous concertos, Four Seasons. Also included is a CD recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
In eighteenth-century Venice, Italy, the finest musical performances are heard at an orphanage called the Ospedale della Pieta. Hidden from the audience is an orchestra of young orphan girls, some with physical disabilities and illnesses.
Padre Antonio Vivaldi, their music teacher, is inspired by the talented and determined young girls. When Vivaldi and his students are separated, Vivaldi is inspired to compose a set of concertos that mark the passing of time--the great baroque masterpiece entitled The Four Seasons.
Back matter includes an author's note with further historical and biographical information, as well as the text of the sonnets that accompany the music.
Anna Harwell Celenza is a musicologist and the author of several books for adults and children regarding music history and the history of art. Her children’s books include THE FAREWELL SYMPHONY, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION, GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE, and VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS'. Anna lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
The seventh book in Celenzas music appreciation series is based upon Vivaldis time as a music instructor at a Venetian orphanage. Vivaldi (16781741) encourages the orphans to envision stories behind the melodies, but his nontraditional methods cost him his position. As Vivaldis fame blossoms, however, the chief governor invites him to visit the orphanage and to write compositions for the girls, which leads to the debut of The Four Seasons. Kitchels watercolors blend natural and architectural forms, while the musicians wide faces echo the contours of their instruments. Includes a CD recording of The Four Seasons. Ages 69. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information
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