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Classics Explained: VIVALDI - The Four Seasons

An exploration of The Four Seasons narrated by Jeremy Sipeman

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Vivaldi: An Introduction to … VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons

1:58:43
$120.75
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction: Opening, upward-pointing figure

1:33
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Answering, downward figure completes the phrase

0:22
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Beginning of dialogue

0:25
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The nature of musical conversation; repetition; ' echo ' effect

1:26
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Upward pointing to one ' target ' note

0:40
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' Answer ' points to two, downward notes

0:11
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Same idea repeated 3 times

0:19
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The first Solo section: birdsong from three soloists, not one

1:53
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Repeat of ' two-pronged ' theme in orchestra

0:22
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Orchestra depicts murmuring stream, but still there's no real melody

0:51
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Further illustrative ' water studies '

0:32
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Orchestra erupts into thunderstorm

0:27
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Orchestral thunder, virtuosic ' lightning ' from soloist - but still no ' tune '

0:54
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Soloistic ' birds ' return to the air

0:41
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Variant of opening theme, with ' argument ' between two notes, one high, one low

0:25
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Cue to First Movement

0:20
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First Movement (Complete)

3:29
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Scene setting and Main Theme of Second Movement

1:56
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Analytical comment and Main Theme again

0:57
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Main Theme varied

0:41
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Further variation, tracing slow, descending scale-steps

0:43
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Analytical discussion of ' pace ' and ' tempo ' ; further variant of main theme

2:51
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Vivaldi springs a surprise, reversing direction and heightening tension

0:44
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Analytical cue to Second Movement

0:44
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Second Movement (Complete)

2:35
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Undercover ' bagpipes ' initiate the finale

1:05
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Second part of Main Theme: new notes, same rhythm

0:18
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An ' echo ' with a difference

0:23
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Reminder of ' echoed ' phrase in its original form

0:12
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Surprise variant provides springboard into new descending four-note pattern

0:19
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Unexpected, ' flowing ' entrance of soloist

0:36
$1.05

The use of ' sequence ' in first extended solo

1:21
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Vivaldi prepares expectation...

0:19
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... and frustrates it by bringing in a new theme, using his four-note ' motto '

1:07
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Violins accompanied by flowing ' commentary ' in lower strings

0:34
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Soloist returns with new variant

0:36
$1.05

Pace slows as violins trace another four-note scalewise descent

0:24
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The peasants return with the main theme, which turns unexpectedly downward

0:47
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Intensification as harmonies change under broad, descending four-note ' motto '

0:37
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Mini-earthquake transformed into harmonic landslide

0:46
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Critical mood-change in soloist's lonely soliloquy

0:42
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Cue to restoration of main theme in its entirety as the movement ends

0:22
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Third Movement (complete)

4:15
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Scene setting and opening of First Movement

0:34
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Expanded groups of answering phrase

0:24
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Upper and lower strings alternately succumb to lethargy

0:49
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As in ' Spring ', soloist enters with birdsong

0:34
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Orchestra hijacks soloist's material

0:40
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Soloist returns,first as turtle-dove, then as goldfinch

0:50
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Gentle breezes give away to North Wing

1:03
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The storm subsides; soloist enters as weeping peasant boy

1:00
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Movement ends as storm returns

0:17
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First Movement (complete)

5:20
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Second movement opens with extremecontrasts

1:34
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Second Movement (complete)

2:28
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Stormy Weather; thunder

0:37
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Lightning from upper strings

0:22
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More lightning: ' heat ' lightning from violins, ' fork ' lightning from violas

0:24
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Torrential rain, depicted by entire orchestra

0:46
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Deferred entry of solo violin, in virtuoso vein

0:54
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Peasant's failing resolve as violin spirals down

0:21
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Nature triumphant; soloist draws on orchestra's 'rain' music

1:35
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The peasant's capitulation

0:23
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Third Movement (complete)

3:03
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Repetitiousness and folk music; the movement's opening

1:17
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Secondary theme, a closely related development of the first

0:28
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Solo entry restates the opening theme, ' double-stopping '

1:05
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Unexpectedly, a new theme where a repeat might be expected

0:36
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The soloist as ' drunkard '

0:45
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Further violinistic slips and slides

0:15
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Orchestra re-enters with main theme, but is interrupted by the drunkard

0:18
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Other drunks join in ' dialogue ' with the orchestra

1:01
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The orchestral peasants continue their dancing, but things have changed

0:57
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Enter another drunk, courtesy of the virtuoso soloist

0:40
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The dance breaks up

0:38
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The drunkard interrupts again, then falls asleep, breathing heavily

0:56
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Conversation amongst the sober peasants leads to their final dance

0:24
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First Movement (complete)

4:46
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Scene-setting for Second Movement

1:08
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Second Movement (complete)

2:45
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Similarities between the Third Movement and the First

1:06
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Expectation and surprise: Vivaldi tacks on one bar too many

0:27
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A case of predictable unpredictablity: novelty and repetition

0:36
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Soloist's double-stopping depicts hunting horns

0:34
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Orchestra yields to unexpected display of virtuosity by soloist

0:38
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Soloist suddenly takes the part of the fleeing beast

0:25
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Symmetrical paralels with First Movement: ' beast ' / ' drunkard ' etc

0:47
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Death of the quarry, end of the movement

0:17
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Third Movement (complete)

3:13
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Orchestral strings enter, part by part; soloist depicts the biting wind

1:24
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Wind subsides and returns, tormenting the trudgers through the snow

0:53
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Soloist depicts snow flurries

0:27
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Soloist's flurries interrupted by six blasts of orchestral wind

0:32
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Teeth chattering, and with stamping feet, the travellers finally reach their goal

1:54
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Cue to First Movement as a whole

0:11
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First Movement (complete)

3:24
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Soloist's ' aria ' accompanied by pizzicato ' raindrops '

0:37
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A sequence of simple scales, accompanied by opening rhythm

0:33
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Two scalewise ideas for the price of one: foreground and background

0:52
$1.05

New, rising scale-pattern unfurled with ever-greater breadth

0:36
$1.05

The pace increases eight-fold in concluding downwards scale

0:36
$1.05

Against an unvarying tempo, the pace is repeatedly varied

1:03
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Foreground / Background

0:34
$1.05

Detailed discussion of foreground / background perceptions; analogies with speech

2:14
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Second Movement (complete)

2:19
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Scene-setting; soloist begins for the first time

0:47
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Soloist rises progressively, in sequence, decoratively outling chord of the home key

0:26
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First orchestral section; ace is halved; the undermining onset of chromaticism

0:47
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The walkers lose their balance and stylishly fall down

0:22
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Soloist returns as the original solitary walker and strides away from the others

0:23
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One tempo, two rates of speed: fast for the soloist, slow for the orchestra

1:51
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Orchestra evokes the warm winds of the Sirocco

0:36
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Answering blast from the Borea, the could wind of the north; struggle for supremacy

1:07
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Cue to final movement

0:23
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Third Movement (complete)

3:08
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Contents: FLAC44100

Vivaldi: An Introduction to … VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons

1:58:43
$143.75
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Introduction: Opening, upward-pointing figure

1:33
$1.25

Answering, downward figure completes the phrase

0:22
$1.25

Beginning of dialogue

0:25
$1.25
Show 112 remaining tracks for Vivaldi: An Introduction to … VIVALDI: The 4 Seasons

The nature of musical conversation; repetition; ' echo ' effect

1:26
$1.25

Upward pointing to one ' target ' note

0:40
$1.25

' Answer ' points to two, downward notes

0:11
$1.25

Same idea repeated 3 times

0:19
$1.25

The first Solo section: birdsong from three soloists, not one

1:53
$1.25

Repeat of ' two-pronged ' theme in orchestra

0:22
$1.25

Orchestra depicts murmuring stream, but still there's no real melody

0:51
$1.25

Further illustrative ' water studies '

0:32
$1.25

Orchestra erupts into thunderstorm

0:27
$1.25

Orchestral thunder, virtuosic ' lightning ' from soloist - but still no ' tune '

0:54
$1.25

Soloistic ' birds ' return to the air

0:41
$1.25

Variant of opening theme, with ' argument ' between two notes, one high, one low

0:25
$1.25

Cue to First Movement

0:20
$1.25

First Movement (Complete)

3:29
$1.25

Scene setting and Main Theme of Second Movement

1:56
$1.25

Analytical comment and Main Theme again

0:57
$1.25

Main Theme varied

0:41
$1.25

Further variation, tracing slow, descending scale-steps

0:43
$1.25

Analytical discussion of ' pace ' and ' tempo ' ; further variant of main theme

2:51
$1.25

Vivaldi springs a surprise, reversing direction and heightening tension

0:44
$1.25

Analytical cue to Second Movement

0:44
$1.25

Second Movement (Complete)

2:35
$1.25

Undercover ' bagpipes ' initiate the finale

1:05
$1.25

Second part of Main Theme: new notes, same rhythm

0:18
$1.25

An ' echo ' with a difference

0:23
$1.25

Reminder of ' echoed ' phrase in its original form

0:12
$1.25

Surprise variant provides springboard into new descending four-note pattern

0:19
$1.25

Unexpected, ' flowing ' entrance of soloist

0:36
$1.25

The use of ' sequence ' in first extended solo

1:21
$1.25

Vivaldi prepares expectation...

0:19
$1.25

... and frustrates it by bringing in a new theme, using his four-note ' motto '

1:07
$1.25

Violins accompanied by flowing ' commentary ' in lower strings

0:34
$1.25

Soloist returns with new variant

0:36
$1.25

Pace slows as violins trace another four-note scalewise descent

0:24
$1.25

The peasants return with the main theme, which turns unexpectedly downward

0:47
$1.25

Intensification as harmonies change under broad, descending four-note ' motto '

0:37
$1.25

Mini-earthquake transformed into harmonic landslide

0:46
$1.25

Critical mood-change in soloist's lonely soliloquy

0:42
$1.25

Cue to restoration of main theme in its entirety as the movement ends

0:22
$1.25

Third Movement (complete)

4:15
$1.25

Scene setting and opening of First Movement

0:34
$1.25

Expanded groups of answering phrase

0:24
$1.25

Upper and lower strings alternately succumb to lethargy

0:49
$1.25

As in ' Spring ', soloist enters with birdsong

0:34
$1.25

Orchestra hijacks soloist's material

0:40
$1.25

Soloist returns,first as turtle-dove, then as goldfinch

0:50
$1.25

Gentle breezes give away to North Wing

1:03
$1.25

The storm subsides; soloist enters as weeping peasant boy

1:00
$1.25

Movement ends as storm returns

0:17
$1.25

First Movement (complete)

5:20
$1.25

Second movement opens with extremecontrasts

1:34
$1.25

Second Movement (complete)

2:28
$1.25

Stormy Weather; thunder

0:37
$1.25

Lightning from upper strings

0:22
$1.25

More lightning: ' heat ' lightning from violins, ' fork ' lightning from violas

0:24
$1.25

Torrential rain, depicted by entire orchestra

0:46
$1.25

Deferred entry of solo violin, in virtuoso vein

0:54
$1.25

Peasant's failing resolve as violin spirals down

0:21
$1.25

Nature triumphant; soloist draws on orchestra's 'rain' music

1:35
$1.25

The peasant's capitulation

0:23
$1.25

Third Movement (complete)

3:03
$1.25

Repetitiousness and folk music; the movement's opening

1:17
$1.25

Secondary theme, a closely related development of the first

0:28
$1.25

Solo entry restates the opening theme, ' double-stopping '

1:05
$1.25

Unexpectedly, a new theme where a repeat might be expected

0:36
$1.25

The soloist as ' drunkard '

0:45
$1.25

Further violinistic slips and slides

0:15
$1.25

Orchestra re-enters with main theme, but is interrupted by the drunkard

0:18
$1.25

Other drunks join in ' dialogue ' with the orchestra

1:01
$1.25

The orchestral peasants continue their dancing, but things have changed

0:57
$1.25

Enter another drunk, courtesy of the virtuoso soloist

0:40
$1.25

The dance breaks up

0:38
$1.25

The drunkard interrupts again, then falls asleep, breathing heavily

0:56
$1.25

Conversation amongst the sober peasants leads to their final dance

0:24
$1.25

First Movement (complete)

4:46
$1.25

Scene-setting for Second Movement

1:08
$1.25

Second Movement (complete)

2:45
$1.25

Similarities between the Third Movement and the First

1:06
$1.25

Expectation and surprise: Vivaldi tacks on one bar too many

0:27
$1.25

A case of predictable unpredictablity: novelty and repetition

0:36
$1.25

Soloist's double-stopping depicts hunting horns

0:34
$1.25

Orchestra yields to unexpected display of virtuosity by soloist

0:38
$1.25

Soloist suddenly takes the part of the fleeing beast

0:25
$1.25

Symmetrical paralels with First Movement: ' beast ' / ' drunkard ' etc

0:47
$1.25

Death of the quarry, end of the movement

0:17
$1.25

Third Movement (complete)

3:13
$1.25

Orchestral strings enter, part by part; soloist depicts the biting wind

1:24
$1.25

Wind subsides and returns, tormenting the trudgers through the snow

0:53
$1.25

Soloist depicts snow flurries

0:27
$1.25

Soloist's flurries interrupted by six blasts of orchestral wind

0:32
$1.25

Teeth chattering, and with stamping feet, the travellers finally reach their goal

1:54
$1.25

Cue to First Movement as a whole

0:11
$1.25

First Movement (complete)

3:24
$1.25

Soloist's ' aria ' accompanied by pizzicato ' raindrops '

0:37
$1.25

A sequence of simple scales, accompanied by opening rhythm

0:33
$1.25

Two scalewise ideas for the price of one: foreground and background

0:52
$1.25

New, rising scale-pattern unfurled with ever-greater breadth

0:36
$1.25

The pace increases eight-fold in concluding downwards scale

0:36
$1.25

Against an unvarying tempo, the pace is repeatedly varied

1:03
$1.25

Foreground / Background

0:34
$1.25

Detailed discussion of foreground / background perceptions; analogies with speech

2:14
$1.25

Second Movement (complete)

2:19
$1.25

Scene-setting; soloist begins for the first time

0:47
$1.25

Soloist rises progressively, in sequence, decoratively outling chord of the home key

0:26
$1.25

First orchestral section; ace is halved; the undermining onset of chromaticism

0:47
$1.25

The walkers lose their balance and stylishly fall down

0:22
$1.25

Soloist returns as the original solitary walker and strides away from the others

0:23
$1.25

One tempo, two rates of speed: fast for the soloist, slow for the orchestra

1:51
$1.25

Orchestra evokes the warm winds of the Sirocco

0:36
$1.25

Answering blast from the Borea, the could wind of the north; struggle for supremacy

1:07
$1.25

Cue to final movement

0:23
$1.25

Third Movement (complete)

3:08
$1.25
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