The structure of the 2nd movement of Summer is all about a slow melody with thunderous interruptions.
- Have a look at this:
- What is it?
- What’s missing?
- Copy it out correctly either through listening to a recording (tricky option!), or by looking at the score (easy option!).
- How about this…what is it?
- It’s a beautiful melody – why not learn to play it on your instrument – you may need to transpose it to fit the register.
- What’s missing from this one?
- What’s missing? It’s the thundery interruptions.
- Compose some thundery interruptions of your own, and surround this melody with them.
The melody also has some beautiful harmonies, as Vivaldi gently passes through the tonic of G minor to the relative major, Bb major, and back again.
- Find these chord sequences in the 2nd movement:
- Bb Bdim7 Cm C#dim7 D Gm Ab D7 D9 D7 C#dim7 D Gm
- Gm D7 D Gm
- Gm Dm Cm D7 C#dim7 D Gm
- Gm Adim F7 Bb Eb Bb F Bb
- A lovely idea would be to compose a melody of your own using this lovely chord sequence.
Here’s the sonnet that inspires this 2nd movement:
- I think this sonnet directly affects the structure, texture and tempo changes in this movement.
- What do you think?