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First Day of Winter

Written on December 22, 2007 by DeansTalk in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Felicia Appenteng

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To commemorate the first day of winter, I couldn’t think of any better way to transition into winter than with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Click here here and here to listen to the three movements of Winter, Allegro non molto, Largo and Allegro.  Please find the sonnet lyrics below.  Happy Winter!

Winter – Concerto in f-minor (English Version Below)

Allegro non molto
"Aggiacciato tremar trà neri algenti
Al Severo Spirar d’ orrido Vento,
Correr battendo i piedi ogni momento;
E pel Soverchio gel batter i denti;"

Largo
"Passar al foco i di quieti e contenti
Mentre la pioggia fuor bagna ben cento"

Allegro
"Caminar Sopra ‘l giaccio, e à passo lento
Per timor di cader gersene intenti;
Gir forte Sdruzziolar, cader à terra
Di nuove ir Sopra ‘l giaccio e correr forte
Sin ch’ il giaccio si rompe, e si disserra;
Sentir uscir dalle ferrate porte
Sirocco Borea, e tutti i Venti in guerra
Quest’ é ‘l verno, mà tal, che gioja apporte."

Winter – Concerto in f-minor

Allegro non molto
Shivering, frozen mid the frosty snow in biting, stinging winds;
running to and fro to stamp one’s icy feet, teeth chattering in the bitter chill.

Largo
To rest contentedly beside the hearth, while those outside are drenched by pouring rain.

Allegro
We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously, for fear of tripping and falling.
Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and, rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
We feel the chill north winds coarse through the home despite the locked and bolted doors…
this is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.

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