Yesterday, March 4, was Antonio Vivaldi’s birthday. Vivaldi was a great violin virtuoso and composer. He wrote over 500 concertos! His four interconnected violin concertos, known as The Four Seasons, is one of the most popular pieces of classical music of all times. People love it. And for good reason – it is wonderful!
OK, major shift of focus here!!
So I have a YouTube channel. For the most part, people ignore it. When I post a new video, I will get a flurry of hits for that video. After that, it quickly dies down. There maybe some sporadic hits, but not much.
Even though I haven’t posted a new video since early December, I have received far more than the usual of views over the last 30 days. This extended flurry came from nowhere; it was overnight. 90% of this new traffic are views of three videos.
Two of those three are Vivaldi!
The one that is hit most frequently (more than twice as much as the other Vivaldi video) is the version of winter I did on my synthesizer. I posted about it before (here). The other was performed using a “virtual orchestra”, which can be played like a synthesizer, yet is created, using digital recordings, to closely mimic acoustic instruments. The synthesizer one is using an “old school” synth, where I had to create every sound using patch cords and nobs! I controlled it with keyboard, foot pedals and other controllers. OK, to be 100% truthful, I recorded note and performance information live, tweaked it, and then used the performance info to send the info back to the synth to record. In other words, although this was a performance, what you hear on this recording was not really played live – I could play the solo part when I recorded it, but not quite as good as it sounds here!
Here is the version using using the analog modular synthesizer:
I hope you enjoyed!
Happy (belated) birthday, Antonio Vivaldi!