Audio: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons

Here’s another extract with reference to a piece of music in.  This time a classical number.  Another one for the Booktrack soundtrack to my ebook.

“We’ve booked tickets to see a string quartet performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which isn’t the kind of thing either of us would normally go to.  But it’s so cultured in Venice that a classical concert feels compulsory so the poster stood out.  It’s one we both know.  Who doesn’t?

“It’s a fairly small space and the audience is sitting at the same level as the musicians.  As the music begins, I try to picture a spring landscape so that I can connect with what Vivaldi was trying to portray.  But it’s no use; I’m distracted, searching for the advert I’m only half remembering.  Maybe it’s an airline company.  Marco Polo Business Class with Cathay Pacific?  Definitely something trying to get across a sense of class.  I lure myself away from this thought by deliberately imagining a fawn frolicking in a woodland.  But that doesn’t work either.  It’s usurped by an image of a bunch of people dancing around a Baroque Ballroom in 18th Century grey wigs and too much white face powder.  Then faint memories of another commercial steal my attention away again.  How am I supposed to enjoy this?  The music has so many associations my ears are too biased to hear it properly.

“I decide to stop trying so hard and instead I focus on the musicians’ bows moving in unison: two violins, a viola and a cello.  I watch their fingers moving quickly across the strings and let out a sigh as I relax in my seat.

“Around each player is a purple glow, the same colour auras I saw in the hospital years ago.  When I tense up they disappear but when I relax they appear again.  I deliberately tighten up and let go a few more times to test this theory.   I can definitely only see them when I’m in a relaxed state.  They can’t possibly be hallucinations.”

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  4 comments for “Audio: Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons

  1. May 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Hey Emma – it’s Paul here from Booktrack. I wanted to check to see if you have thought about creating a Booktrack on our studio tool at There are over 20,000 free audio files to choose from or you can upload your own audio, and our software automatically synchronizes the soundtrack to your text. Readers can reach your work on iPhone, iPad, Android, or through the browser.

    I would be interested in your feedback as it is easy to create and share, and you are already creating your own Booktracks so you understand the power and emotion that a soundtrack brings to the written word.

    • emmagoude
      May 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Paul. I look forward to delving more into Booktrack. For now I’m focussed on the writing and have a long way to go before I’m ready to add audio. I will certainly consider using your studio tool and give feedback if I go for that option. Many thanks for letting me know about it.

  2. May 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Fascinating blog post. Really cool how you saw the auras. I guess the musicians were relaxed too (they have to do a ‘let go’ in order to play well), now i’m crying – the music is beautiful. So it was their relaxedness too which made their auras strong. I liked the bit about the music’s association with adverts too. Thank you for this Emma. Love you

    • emmagoude
      May 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks Jack…you do know these comments are public? 🙂

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