Vivaldi's Four Seasons


Friday 1 & Saturday 2 April 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country throughout Western Australia, and the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose lands we work and share music.

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons

George Frideric HANDEL arr. Hamilton Harty Water Music – Suite (16 mins)

Allegro deciso

Joseph HAYDN Symphony No.45 Farewell (25 mins)

Allegro assai
Menuetto: Allegretto
Presto – Adagio

Interval (25 mins)

Antonio VIVALDI The Four Seasons (39 mins)

La primavera (Spring)
L’estate (Summer)
L’autunno (Autumn)
L’inverno (Winter)

John Keene conductor
Jen Winley
Laurence Jackson
violin / director

Jen Winley, WASO Assistant Conductor, is generously supported by the Simon Lee Foundation.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Cecilia Sun. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Musician (Saturday only)
Join WASO’s Concertmaster, Laurence Jackson for a post-concert interview and learn more about life as a WASO musician. The Post-concert Talk will take place immediately following the Saturday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Vivaldi's Four Seasons Listening Guide

Did you know?

Handel's Water Music was first performed by 50 musicians on a barge on the River Thames.

Composers generally write symphonies for a select number of reasons; a fierce urge, a commission, or it is their job. Haydn was perhaps unique is writing his Symphony No.45 to solve a management-labour problem!

Haydn composed his Farewell Symphony to appeal to his employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, pressing the Prince to let himself and the musicians of the Prince's resident house band go home to Vienna after a particularly long season in Hungary. The symphony worked - the Prince gave his musicians their leave.

The Venetians called Antonio Vivaldi Il Prieto Rosso, The Red Priest. He really did have bright red hair and was a priest!

Vivaldi's Four Seasons was a revolution in musical conception - listen out for flowing creeks, singing birds (of different species!), a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties and their prey, frozen landscapes and warm winter fires.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons has been reworked twice, once in 2019 and 2021, using AI algorithms to portray themes of climate change.

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