Yale Climate Connections reports on the seepage of climatism into classical music: Composers, scientists, designers update Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ for an era of climate change. Excerpts in italics with my bolds.
Three hundred years ago, Vivaldi wrote “The Four Seasons.” It portrays the natural world, from birdsong to summer storms.
But the warming climate could radically alter the natural world by 2050, so a new version of “The Four Seasons” has been altered, too.
“We really wanted to walk that line between being too ridiculously catastrophic and kind of meaningfully changing this to make it sound what we think it might feel like to live in that time,” says Tim Devine of AKQA.
The design agency partnered with composers and scientists to develop an algorithm that translates projected environmental changes into musical changes. It allows them to create localized versions for any place where the piece is performed.
In the version played by Australia’s Sydney Symphony Orchestra, missing notes reflect declining bird populations, and the summer storm is more intense and prolonged.
For listeners, the result is familiar, but unsettling – and a warning about how the world could change if nothing is done to reduce global warming.
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From the NewsThump, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons reduced to Two in light of climate change. Excerpts in italics with my bolds.
Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerti will now consist of just two seasons, because that’s all there are these days.
The conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Simon Williams commented, “The current generation doesn’t really understand the idea of four different seasons of weather, so in a bid to appeal to a modern audience we’ve updated the concerti to be more representative of 300 years of environmental damage.
“Overall, the suite will be much more discordant and unpredictable. The part representing winter will be doubled in length and feature woodwind solos to signify the yearly rising of floodwaters. A choir of scientists will sing the aria ‘Te Lo Abbiamo Detto’ (We Told You So).
“Spring and autumn will be done away with altogether.
“Summer has also been greatly extended, as has the ‘languor caused by the heat’ bit, occasionally broken up strings phrases to represent next door’s kids on the trampoline.”
via Science Matters
March 29, 2021 at 08:31AM