Rousseau (1712-1778) /
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Le Printemps de
Transcription from the original 1775 edition of Le Printems de Vivaldi
arrange pour une flute san accompagnement par M.J.J. Rousseau in D major for
unaccompanied transverse flute, transposed up a minor 3rd to F major.
Arranged by Charles Coldwell.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau's ambitious arrangement for unaccompanied flute of the
"Spring" concerto from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Concerto I from
his Opus 8) is presented here in an edition for solo recorder - a virtuoso show
piece for the advanced recorder player! Rousseau's transcription from
Vivaldi's original concerto for violin and strings basically presents the solo
violin part — vividly depicting bird song, bubbling brooks, thunder and
lightning, bagpipes and a sleeping shepherd.
Our edition includes editorial suggestions for articulation, dynamics,
ornamentation, and alternate notes based on markings found in the original parts
to Vivaldi's full concerto. Also included
to aid the performer's interpretation is the text
of the "Spring" sonnet found interspersed within Vivaldi's original work (which
Rousseau omitted) in an English translation; indication of solo and tutti
sections in Vivaldi's original; alternate fingering suggestions; and an
embellished version of the Largo (2nd) movement.