The Four Seasons, the best known of Vivaldi's works, is four violin concerti written about Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Vivaldi represented various nature elements within the compositions, like singing birds, a shepherd, barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires. It is the earliest and most detailed example of what would eventually be called program music, or music with a narrative element. Close your eyes and let Vivaldi's music take you on a journey through the seasons – all without ever leaving your seat.
Ginastera's Estancia's opening lines transport the listener to the Argentinian countryside, complete with riding gauchos (skilled horsemen) and farmers tending the land. Written in 1941, Ginastera's one-act ballet was derived from the poem Martín Fierro by José Hernández, a nationalist expression of the gaucho and commentary on the changes to rural life as a result of political and military struggle. The suite contains four movements: The Land Workers, Wheat Dance, The Cattlemen, and Malambo. The rousing final movement is inspired by the flamboyant malambo dance of the Argentine gauchos.
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