Movement 1: Allegro non molto
Movement 2: Largo
Movement 3: Allegro
to rest contentedly by the fireside
while the rain outside drenches a hundred others;
to tread on ice, with slow steps,
moving cautiously in fear of falling;
to go fast, slip, and fall to the ground,
to hasten onwards across the ice and run fast
until the ice cracks and breaks open;
to hear, as they go through the iron-clad gates,
Sirocco, Boreas, and all the winds at war.
This is winter, but of a kind that brings delight.
from notes by Antonio Vivaldi ©