Few pieces lend themselves so naturally to imagery as Vivaldi's Four Seasons. In fact, I have found that many do not know about the sonnets that go along with the music!
The four concertos (each season) were written to go along with four sonnets. Though it is not known who wrote these sonnets, there is a theory that Vivaldi wrote them himself, given that each sonnet is broken down into three sections, neatly corresponding to a movement in the concerto. Whoever wrote the sonnets, The Four Seasons may be classified as program music, instrumental music that intends to evoke something extra-musical.
For the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra's performance, conducted by Filippo Ciabatti and with world-renowned mandolin soloist, Carlo Aonzo, I was asked to project verse translations along to their corresponding musical sections, as well as both still and animated imagery to accompany the music.
Projection designer, Vivaldi Four Seasons
Soloist Carlo Aonzo, mandolin
Filippo Ciabatti, conductor
Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Spaulding Auditorium
Feb 9, 8pm