Elsa Meets Vivaldi

Given the weather everyone in North America seems to be having lately, it seems to be the right time to feature this really terrific music video by The Piano Guys:

By now, I’m sure most people are familiar with “Let It Go” from Frozen, but what about that other song?

“Winter” is part of a musical series by Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. Vivaldi wrote three parts, or movements, for each season, making twelve movements altogether. He also paired up each season with a type of poem called a sonnet that he may have written himself. Here’s a translation of the sonnet for winter, divided up by movement:

1. Allegro non molto
Shivering, frozen mid the frosty snow in biting, stinging winds;
running to and fro to stamp one’s icy feet, teeth chattering in the bitter chill.

2. Largo
To rest contentedly beside the hearth, while those outside are drenched by pouring rain.

3. Allegro
We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously, for fear of tripping and falling.
Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and, rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
We feel the chill north winds coarse through the home despite the locked and bolted doors…
this is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.

And here’s a performance of “Winter” by Mari Samuelsen. Why not follow along with the sonnet as you listen to see how it matches up with the music?

(Source: Baroque Music.org.)


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