Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Chiesa All Saints in Rome
About the Event
Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of Vivaldi's masterwork at Rome's remarkable All Saints Church.
The Four Seasons by A.Vivaldi
The Four Seasons is the best known of Antonio Vivaldi's compositions. They are actually four separate concertos, written from as many sonnets by an unknown author and each inspired by a season of the year. They are part of Opus 8 'Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'invenzione' .
The music describes the individual events of Spring step by step: the birdsong, the thunderstorm, and in the final dance the solo violin represents a sleeping shepherd, the violas the barking of the faithful dog, and the rustling leaves are played by other violins.
This is definitely the concerto with the most descriptive effectiveness. The summer storm is its protagonist and one can hear it approaching in the summer heat and then burst out in the finale in all its violence. The shepherd frightened by the sudden storm is described by the solo.
Here the protagonist is Bacchus. Vivaldi unparalleled reproduces the symptoms of intoxication caused by wine while in the middle movement, titled the 'Drunken Sleepers,' he enjoys the dreamy and peaceful atmosphere of the after‐party. Finally, the third movement describes the excited rhythms of hunting.
This concerto, with its pastoral tones, was conceived by Vivaldi to be performed in church in fact, the entire orchestra always plays almost 'in mute' as if not to disturb the faithful gathered in prayer.
All Saints Church
All Saints' Church serves the Anglican community in Rome. It is an active English‐speaking parish that continues the ministry of the Church of England in Italy — a tradition that began in 1816.
All Saints' Church was built in 1880 on a design by architect George Edmund Street, a leading light of the Victorian Gothic Revival, and the church is an excellent example of the Victorian English aesthetic. The interior of the church is decorated with mosaic roundels in which typically‐Anglican symbols can be seen. Today, All Saints' Church hosts a variety of classical concerts, including opera performances featuring talented artists from all over the world.
The 'reduced' categories can be booked by Students, Roma passport holders, under 18, over 65
- Vivaldi, Antonio – Four Seasons