Baroque Bootcamp

Experiencing Four Seasons through Vivaldi's Famous Concerti 

#OUCHBootcamp is a series of free extra-curricular class hosted exclusively for our music students to introduce musical knowledge outside of their primary instruments. For the month of April, we transported our students back to the early 1700's, to one of the richest and most diverse music periods: the Baroque period.

Baroque comes from the Portuguese word "barroco" which translates to "oddly-shaped pearl", then used to describe the elaborate and highly ornate style of Baroque painting, sculpture, literature, music, dance, architecture and other arts that flourished during the time. Baroque art was dramatic, exuberant and full of grandeur. Music from this period was characterized by energetic rhythms, long melodies, ornaments and dramatic contrasts, created from the play with volume dynamics as well as timbres and textures. It was a period of music innovation, birthing the basso continuo and new forms of music including the concerto and sinfonia. Some of the most famous Baroque composers are Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.

We visited 1725, back to the year when The Four Seasons were published. The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi's works. It is a group of four concerti grossi, a form of Baroque music where the music played by a group of soloists, accompanied by a full orchestra. In The Four Seasons, each concerto depicts a season; spring, summer, autumn and winter.

We did a listening party, observing the changes in musical motives throughout the pieces and associated them with moods and modern day imagery. Interpretations by students are always full of surprises! Students were then divided into two groups and challenged to come up with artworks of their imagination and perception of The Four Seasons.

That sums up our historical trip! We thank every student and their willing parents who made these fun classes possible. We hope students brought home with them some new friendships, knowledge and most of all: fresh, developing love for music.

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