Below is the sonnet that Vivaldi based the ‘Spring’ movement on:
SPRING (CONCERTO NO. 1)
Joyful Spring has arrived,
The birds welcome it with their happy songs,
And the brooks in the gentle breezes
Flow with a sweet murmur.
The sky is covered with a black mantle,
Thunder and lightning a announce storm.
When they are silent, the birds
Take up again their harmonious songs.
And in the ﬂower-rich meadow,
To the gentle murmur of leaves and plants
The goatherd sleeps, his faithful dog at his side.
To the merry sounds of a rustic bagpipe
Nymphs and shepherds dance in their beloved spot
When Spring appears in its brilliance.
- Choose One line from the above poem, and create your own composition based on the line you have chosen. You should try and create a piece of music that is reflective of the line you have chosen. Think about musical ideas that you can incorporate to depict particular objects such as birds or thunder.
- Write down a paragraph about your composition, include some notes on why you chose certain musical ideas such as key signature, rhythms, tempo, melody and harmonies to represent the poetic line.
- You do not have to notate your whole piece but I would like you to notate the key idea. For example, if there is a 2 bar rhythmic ostinato that is repeated throughout your piece, notate it with relevant key signatures, note values and tones.
- Your composition should be no more than 1 minute long.