Can Vivaldi's four seasons be performed unaccompanied?
I'm about to finish Mozart violin concerto n°3 and I thought I would do a concerto or two from the Vivaldi four seasons.
I may have to perform it in public, but I'm worried how it will sound without accompaniment.
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Hey! Be nice. New poster, legit question.
Hahahaha, that was a legit question, I agree. Hi, I'm 4 years old but started quite late, in my late 1's or something. I'm self taught, currently working on Czardas. How long will it take to play Paganini's 25 Caprice in M# major?
Guys come on, this wasn't even what OP was asking! Even if you consider it common knowledge, we all had to learn this at some stage.
Vivaldi Four Seasons would not sound good unaccompanied--too much would be missing.
Take winter for example—the first movement would sound completely hollow without the supporting continuo at the bottom. You could try to merge the first violin part into your performance to fill the gap, and (depending on the occasion) decide if you like it, but make sure to record yourself first to get a feel of how it will sound to people who don’t know the music (and just assume they wouldn’t know.)
Vivaldi wrote a large number of violin concertos, some comparatively straightforward (but still not easy!) like the well-known A minor (Op 3 No 6), others at a more virtuoso level (the "Grosso Mogul", for example). I think other solo violin concertos in Opus 3 worth looking at are nos. 3, 9 and 12, and, like No 6, they can all be played unaccompanied - they aren't descriptive compositions like the Four Seasons.
I want to say that when I responded to this thread at the top, it was a DIFFERENT THREAD ... it was a spam thread with an obnoxious question, which I reported to Laurie, and she deleted. At least, I thought she had, although she did not reply to my email. (I had emailed her the previous day about another obnoxious one, so she probably figured that taking care of it would satisfy me, which at the time it did).
I noticed that spam thread when it had zero responses. As soon as I read it I clicked on the "Report as Spam" button, and when I next went online I saw that it had disappeared.