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Winter from 'the seasons'

I. Allegro non molto II. Largo III. Allegro
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Arranger: Anna Baadsvik
Durata: 11 min
Recorded by Baadsvik on CD: Tuba carnival
Arrangements available in the following instrumentations:
Tuba and brass band, Tuba and piano, Tuba and string orchestra
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Vivaldi composed around 500 concertos for all of the instruments of his era – but, unfortunately, the tuba had not yet been invented, and so Øystein Baadsvik has arranged Winter in a manner that not only places extreme technical demands upon the soloist but also requires musicality of the highest calibre. With a playful twinkle in his eye, Vivaldi has here vividly depicted winter scenes, such as storms and the throwing of snowballs; he himself explained the music’s meaning in a series of descriptive sonnets. With or without an explanation of their content, however, these concertos have earned a permanent place in the repertoire.

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