Had several health problems including asthma that restricted him from playing wind instruments
Wrote approximately 110 concertos/sonatas
Financial status created ultimate downfall
Summer Mvt. 3
Summer concerto is one of four concerto’s in Vivaldi’s set “Four Seasons”
Four Seasons is arguably Vivaldi’s most famous work
Summer concerto is a tale of an impending storm
Storm is unleashed in 3rd mvt.
Thunder shakes the opening of the 3rd movement with the lower strings furious repetition
Lightning strikes as the higher strings come in with call and answers
Lightning strikes everywhere as the mid strings join the high strings
The orchestra coming in represents the torrential downpour of the storm
The peasant (solo violin) tries to flee as the storm destroys everything around them
The effort is in vein as the peasant is trapped under the storm’s wrath
The storm dies down a bit and the orchestra as a whole plays in an uplifting manner. Elements of thunder and lightning can still be recognized in the lower strings. Perhaps this is only the eye of the storm?
The storm returns relentlessly
The peasant makes a last ditch effort to flee the storms fury as the soloist goes back and forth with the orchestra
It is no use. The peasant succumbs to the storm in the final few seconds of the movement.