original piano transcription of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in E major Op 8 No 1 / RV 269 ‘La Primavera’ (Quattro Stagioni) (‘Spring’, of the “Four Seasons” cycle)
composition date: 1723
transcription date: 2011 (April 29, 30)
complete piano transcription (piano solo arrangement) of all 3 movements:
YouTube channel (embedded links below)
In Spring 2011 I decided to embark a most ambitious project: the complete piano solo transcription of Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons). At the very beginning I was mostly spurred by the “Estate”, and actually that’s the first concert of the four that I started transcribing, but I soon switched to Primavera, and (I still can’t believe it) completed it in a couple of days.
I went all out in this project, pouring in all my techniques, all my musical art. I couldn’t/didn’t devote all my time, though. Every time I completed a concerto the significance I perceived in the accomplished feat made the next target seem bigger and tougher, making me hesitant to approach it. Not to mention that the closer I grew to complete a concerto the more a stickler for details I became. Over time my perception of the project’s significance in my transcribing endeavours became bigger and bigger, up to the point where it became the lifetime’s work, so I wanted to make it as best as I could.
The idea was to transcribe each Concerto during its own Season and complete the whole project within a year. I manage to complete it within the assigned year, but not always following the seasons. “Spring” (this one) was indeed transcribed during Spring, but I started “Summer” in Spring and completed it in Autumn. I transcribed “Winter” during the coldest period of Winter, but I had skipped “Autumn”, that I later started and finished before next Spring came.
Project codes were assigned in advance as multiples of 10: tbpt60 – Spring; tbpt70 – Summer; tbpt80 – Autumn; tbpt90 – Winter, so that I later found myself, inevitably, with plenty of “open slots” to fill between them.
The YouTube video features all movements in one video. On IMSLP you can stream and download individual mp3 files.