- Sheet music and tab downloads are located below.
After the slow opening section of this piece, the tempo suddenly increases and a challenging section of fast string crossing begins. If you are reading off of the sheet music, you can use a valuable practice technique to learn this section. Change the rhythm so that you play the first two notes quickly, but then pause before continuing on to the next group of two notes. Continue like this through the entire section, playing two and then pausing. This way of practicing helps us learn faster than if we play the way it is printed. Near the middle of the movement, there is a section where the hand shape changes continually. There are some complicated combinations of low and high fingerings. Be sure to watch the notes carefully and especially look out for where you need to use low 3rd finger, such as D flat on the A string.
Practice Exercise Suggestions
Summer is the second concerto of the group entitled "The Four Seasons." It is Vivaldi's most recognized composition. The first section represents the exhaustion that sets in on the hottest summer days. Vivaldi then represents some birdsongs. First is the cuckoo with its quick jumping notes followed by a turtledove's mournful cooing. Next comes a gentle breeze that soon becomes a powerful wind. Then we hear the crying of a village boy, which is represented by a complex harmonically shifting pattern of notes that sounds remarkably like a young boy's sorrowful complaints.