Il Prete Rosso, (commonly known as, Antonio Vivaldi), composed a series of sonnets to accompany his most well-known concerto, The Four Seasons.
Vivaldi would compose extraordinary violin music for the orphan girls at the Conservatorio dell'Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. His music was evocative and fecund with sounds of nature (as in tweet-twortle-tweet & rushing water smacking into rocks, not to mention siroccos and boreal winds). In The Four Seasons, he accompanied his breathtaking music with sonnets that he had written. The first sonnet was about Springtime (that would be Persephone's Main Event). I must recite it to my Bella Lucia before I play the concerto! <---now how sappy is that, Lucia???
La Primavera (Spring)
Giunt' è la Primavera e festosetti
La Salutan gl' Augei con lieto canto,
E i fonti allo Spirar de' Zeffiretti
Con dolce mormorio Scorrono intanto:
Vengon' coprendo l' aer di nero amanto
E Lampi, e tuoni ad annuntiarla eletti
Indi tacendo questi, gl' Augelletti;
Tornan' di nuovo al lor canoro incanto:
E quindi sul fiorito ameno prato
Al caro mormorio di fronde e piante
Dorme 'l Caprar col fido can' à lato.
Di pastoral Zampogna al suon festante
Danzan Ninfe e Pastor nel tetto amato
Di primavera all' apparir brillante.
Ah--La mia bella Lucia! Here it is in English:
Spring - SonnetAllegro
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.
On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd
sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance
beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.
Kinda makes me want to go out and dig holes in the garden! My heart gets all fluttery (do blue dogs blush????-- and when they do is it purple?). Thinking deep thoughts again... ah well
amore and springtime makes that happen.
Busterigo, aka theBUSTER
pee essss ------> the gurls had nothing to do with this.. in fact they are giggling in the background. And this is what I have to put up with. B
double pee essss ------>so what can I say folks, we have an active inner-life :O/