Welcome to our special closed-captioning production featuring free commentary to enhance your experience. You’re welcome in advance. Snubby & Aaron begin with “Spring (Allegro I)” “Allegro” is the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Spring” suite and the first work of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons collection. Legend has it Vivaldi wrote four accompanying sonnets to be read alongside his lavishly vivid concerto. This section begins with the line “Springtime is upon us” Isn’t that beautiful? As we transition, you may be thinking to yourself: “My! How it sounds like excited birds ready to mate!” And you would be… mostly correct. “The birds celebrate her return with festive song” One of Vivaldi’s revolutionary devices was creating themes with narrative-like effects. The Baroque period (1600-1750) was a time of splendor Art, science & architecture were all grandiose in design Influencing the world of music in a similar fashion. Thus inspiring Vivaldi to create bird-like music. Tweedle Tweedle Dee! Here we return to the earlier motif, a melody catchier than Justin Bieber’s tunes combined. This musical section nicely fits the next sonnet line: “murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes” The melodies flow like a running stream of water And require hyper-focus to avoid hitting our paddles. Get it, Snubby. Get it. Vivaldi sought to create popular music for his time hence the several variations of this OG motif. (And guess what… It won’t be the last.) Oooh what’s happening? This must be the next section of the sonnet: “Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, ROAR” (Capitalization added for effect) “… casting their dark mantle over heaven!!!!” (As with the exclamations) Vivaldi’s emotional use of dynamics is evident here Very quick arpeggios & dramatic rolls continue to grow Culminating in an exhilarating state of ecstasy. ARE YOU FEELING IT NOW MR. KRABS??? Baroque composers often used strings, brass and more. Vivaldi wrote this concerto for strings and harpsichord. A single violin leads solo lines such as this. I imagine Vivaldi never heard his music on PVC pipes Obviously plastic was non-existent in 1720. But you know what did exist for Vivaldi? THE BASS DROP. We reunite with our text as we approach the end: “Then they die away to silence” “and the birds take up their charming songs once more.” Thus concluding the first sonnet of Spring As we return home. To be honest, Vivaldi’s sonnet is not that beautiful. But it does accurately depict his brilliant composition. Fun fact: Vivaldi was inspired by paintings of seasons And although he died in 1741 likely in poverty His legacy lives on with his world-renowned music. Well done, boys. Well done.