When Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons Meets Heavy Metal


When any classical music meets heavy metal it becomes a fusion that’s hard to deny since if it’s done right then it’s something that sounds nothing less than awesome. Tom Service of The Guardian would probably agree with this sentiment. In this video Vivaldi, if anyone is familiar with him he was an Italian Baroque musical composer responsible for the Four Seasons, a piece that takes the listener throughout the four known seasons in a musical trip that engages the senses in just what might be expected of each part of the year as the seasons continue to change. People have been reproducing Antonio’s work for years upon years given that he was born in the 17th century and died near the mid-18th century. The Four Seasons piece is his most well-known work despite the fact that he was responsible for around 40 operas that at the time were one of the biggest draws in the entertainment world. Those that take on Vivaldi and any other classical work are often given the impression, whether it’s verbalized or not, that this undertaking is to done with the utmost respect since those that came before might not be around to see their music being recreated into something else or emulated in one way or another, but the fact that those like Antonio laid down the foundations of what music would eventually become, that respect has been more than earned throughout the years.

One of the best parts about heavy metal is that despite being too loud for some and too obnoxious for others is that it is a very layered musical genre in that it doesn’t always have to hit the ear in such a loud and discordant way to be enjoyable and it is possible to adapt it to other music. This is proven in the video above since no matter what anyone thinks it’s impressive to take something like the Four Seasons and put it into a piece of work that some might think it would never mesh with. The same has been done with many classical works in the past and they’ve all come out sounding like something far more powerful than either genre could produce on their own. Jason Letman of The Objective Standard would hopefully agree with this statement. That’s the magic of music in a way, the quality it has to become something entirely different and even stronger in the hands of those that actually know how to use it and how to feel the drive towards creating a fusion of different sounds that will in turn give birth to something that’s unique and is its own individual style. There are definitely those that would say that it’s a bastardized form of both genres and isn’t worth a single note, but many of them are likely purists that can’t stand the idea of their favorite music being used in an integrative manner such as this. That’s saddening really since quite honestly the musicians of old were poets in a way given how they were able to tell a full story without using a single word at times. Ever notice that? No matter how a person interprets the music, there’s a story unfolding in their mind as the music rolls on that includes every little piece that any story needs to exist. This attempt does no less since it creates yet another story using key elements to fashion something that’s familiar and yet innovative enough to be considered its own creation and have its own pulse.

The kind of power that metal has meshes well with the hidden strengths that classical music possesses. At one time or another a lot of us might have thought that classical music was too flowery, too flowing, too this or that, but in truth there’s a great deal of hidden power within those notes and despite the way it sounds or the way things looked back then, music was and has always been a source of strength that many have tried to harness. If you doubt, play a track you happen to like from any artist that you listen to and see what it feels like. Notice how the music moves you in some way, how it seems to reach out and take hold in some subtle way that you can’t really explain but can still feel. It’s in the beat, the melody, in just about every note that builds up to one crescendo after another. Music is far more powerful than some folks like to think since it can invoke emotions and create a great deal of inspiration that leads to bigger and better things as those that have the talent and embrace it continue the story that the music tells, tweaking it just enough to make it their own while taking a great deal of history along for the ride. It sounds poetic and even a bit out there doesn’t it? That’s the point, because the story will always be greater than those in whom it originates, as it should be. I get the feeling that James Bekenawie Robert of The Writing Cooperative might agree.

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