Between 1718 and 1720, Antonio Vivaldi wrote four violin concertos named after the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. They were published in 1725 in the book Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione.
These three-movement concertos use the structure of the baroque concerto grosso (grand concerto) where a group of soloists (concertino) alternates with the full orchestra (ripieno or tutti) over a basso continuo.
Each concerto is associated with a sonnet that Vivaldi illustrates with his music.
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