Mantua and the Four Seasons[edit]

In 1717 or 1718, Vivaldi was offered a new prestigious position as Maestro di Cappella of the court of prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt, governor of Mantua.[34] He moved there for three years and produced several operas, among which was Tito Manlio (RV 738). In 1721, he was in Milan, where he presented the pastoral drama La Silvia (RV 734, 9 arias survive). He visited Milan again the following year with the oratorio L'adorazione delli tre re magi al bambino Gesù (RV 645, also lost). In 1722 he moved to Rome, where he introduced his operas' new style. The new pope Benedict XIII invited Vivaldi to play for him. In 1725, Vivaldi returned to Venice, where he produced four operas in the same year.



Caricature by P. L. Ghezzi, Rome (1723)[35]

During this period Vivaldi wrote the Four Seasons, four violin concertos depicting scenes appropriate for each season. Three of the concerti are of original conception, while the first, "Spring", borrows motifs from a Sinfonia in the first act of his contemporaneous opera Il Giustino. The inspiration for the concertos was probably the countryside around Mantua. They were a revolution in musical conception: in them Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds (of different species, each specifically characterized), barking dogs, buzzing mosquitoes, crying shepherds, storms, drunken dancers, silent nights, hunting parties from both the hunters' and the prey's point of view, frozen landscapes, ice-skating children, and warming winter fires. Each concerto is associated with a sonnet, possibly by Vivaldi, describing the scenes depicted in the music. They were published as the first four concertos in a collection of twelve, Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Opus 8, published in Amsterdam by Michel-Charles Le Cène in 1725.


The Orchestral Suite from 1945 was first recorded by Serge Koussevitzky with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[4] In 1954, Eugene Ormandy asked Copland to expand the orchestration for the full score of the ballet. In 1972, Boosey & Hawkes published a version of the suite fusing the structure of it with the scoring of the original ballet: double string quartet, bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and piano. Thus we see that there are four versions of Appalachian Spring, dating from 1944 (13-player complete), 1945 (orchestral suite), 1954 (orchestral complete) and 1972 (13-player suite).


Created in 1944, the ballet tells a simple story. A young farm couple ruminate on their lives before getting married and setting up house in the wilderness. An itinerant preacher delivers a sermon. An older pioneer woman oversees the events with sympathy and wisdom. The newlyweds muse on their future as night falls. In the course of the dance, Graham reveals the inner lives of the four principal characters -- Wife, Husbandman, Pioneer Woman and Preacher. She shows that the couple will face a future that will not be all sweetness and light, but she also draws out the private and shared emotional resources they will be able to bring to the challenges. Such is the power of Graham's images, however, that this very particular story broadens out to become a parable about Americans conquering a new land.[8]

Four Dreams ( 梦四则 ) is a work for electric erhu and orchestra,[1] composed by He Xuntian in 1986.[2][3]



In this piece, Erhu is remodeled into an electric one, making the changes in tone extremely close to human voice. Four Dreams is composed with four chapters, which continuously reveal dreams bound with or inside one another. Four Dreams was composed with RD Composition in 1986.[1][4][5]


Start a People is the second album by the American psychedelic rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow, released in 2004. It is the band's fifth album if releases under the name Satanstompingcaterpillars are included in the chronology. "Vietcaterpillar" and "I Think It Is Beautiful You Are 256 Colors Too" are re-recordings of songs from their first album, Falling Through a Field.


Track listing[edit]

"Raspberry Dawn" - 2:59

"Vietcaterpillar" - 2:15

"From the See" - 0:59

"I Am the Alphabet" - 0:57

"Seeeds" - 2:42

"I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too" - 3:06

"Count Backwards to Black" - 3:11

"Early 70's Gymnastics" - 3:41

"Snail Garden" - 1:50

"Folks with Magik Toes" - 0:27

"Trees and Colors and Wizards" - 2:28

"I Am the Alphabet" - 2:33

"1 2 3 of Me" - 3:20

"Hazy Field People" - 2:51

"Smile Heavy" - 2:36

"{Super Secret Track}" - 3:19
The Fourth Way was an American jazz quartet, comprising Eddie Marshall, Mike Nock, Michael White, and Ron McClure.[1] They formed in 1967 and worked primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area through the early 1970s, releasing three albums. Like their contemporaries Weather Report, they were early pioneers of electric jazz fusion, with Nock's Fender Rhodes piano run through many effects pedals including ring modulation,[2] Michael White's electrically amplified violin,[3] and Ron McClure's electric bass.


"Crucified" is a 1991 song recorded by the Swedish band Army of Lovers. It is the first single from their second album Massive Luxury Overdose and the seventh single to be released by the band. It was released from May 1991 (in Sweden) to February 1992 (in France). A re-edition that features on Massive Luxury Overdose (US Version) was made in 1992. "Crucified" is possibly the best known song released by the band.