How to Play Vivaldi Spring on the Violin
Easy Beginner Version
“Spring” by Vivaldi is a world famous piece that is easily recognized by most audiences. This song is, in fact, part of a series of violin concertos that Vivaldi wrote called The Four Seasons in which each concerto mimics the sounds and ideas of each season. Vivaldi even went to the extent of writing a poem for each season and matching the sounds of the violin concertos to the words of the poems.
How to Play Vivaldi Spring
This is the easy beginner version of Vivaldi’s “Spring.” As you progress as a violinist, the music will get harder and you can work on more challenging things.
The first thing you want to pay attention to in this piece is your bowing. Each note needs to have a clearly defined bow stroke. You want each note to sound important and distinct from all the other notes. It is almost as if each note has its own voice in the piece of music.
The second area to focus on in this piece is the dynamics. The main phrases of the piece repeat themselves, so it’s almost as if you are hearing an echo the second time around. We achieve this “echo” by playing the repeated section as piano rather than forte. Dynamics help a lot as far as the overall expression of the entire piece is concerned. Without the dynamics, this piece would not have the energy or the excitement that it does.
Lastly, you need to learn to play a trill. A trill is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes. To play a trill, first read the note written on the page; this is going to be your main note. To find your alternating note, go one note name up in the key signature. Now that you have your main note and secondary note, start with your main note and quickly alternate repeatedly between it and the secondary note for the duration of the note written on the page. For example, in “Spring” by Vivaldi, there is an E (main note) with the trill symbol written above it. To trill this note, we go one note up in the key signature, which is an F# (secondary note). This means that our trill is the rapid, repeated alternating of E to F# for the duration of the note written in the music.