- Sheet music and tab downloads are located below.
There is only one shift needed for this movement and it comes very near the beginning. Practice shifting into 3rd position by playing G on the E string with 2nd finger and then move the hand up so that 1st finger is on A. The shift down is much easier since you can shift back to first position while playing an open string. Some students may also need to work on playing slurs during string crosses. This piece is to be played completely legato, or smooth and connected, so its important that the slurs connect even if there is a string cross in the middle.
Feel free to play at least three bows on the last note since it is far too long to do with one bow. Preferably use 3 or 5 so that you end on a down bow.
Practice Exercise Suggestions
This is an easier version of the lovely Largo movement from Antonio Vivaldi's Winter, from The Four Seasons. The original version is in the key of E flat major and requires far more shifting.
The Four Seasons are four violin concertos, each representing one of the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each concerto has three movements, and they all have short poems that the music is meant to represent, from birds singing represented by high trills, to dogs barking played by pizzicato bursts. Music in which there is an attempt to recreate a story, or evoke a specific mood from a written text is called programmatic music. The Four Seasons is a very early example of this, which would not become very popular until much later in the Romantic Era of music history.