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.
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 a modern edition - a virtuoso show
piece for the advanced Baroque flute 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; and an embellished version of the Largo (2nd) movement.