Song: “Spring Movement 2: Largo” by Italian composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678–1741) from The Four Seasons. From: Wikipedia. By: John Harrison and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
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“Spring Movement 2: Largo”—that can be played at the top of this Information window—is the second of three move-
ments from “Spring Concerto No. 1”
—the first of four seasonally-representative concertos known collectively as “The Four Seasons”—written by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi—and considered one of the most popular works of the Baroque period.
[A musical “movement” is a “self-contained unit of a larger musical work.”]
Antonio Vivaldi composed the concertos in around 1720, near the end of the Baroque period (1600 to 1750).
Baroque architecture, as exemplified by the Jelgava and Rundāle Palaces you see in the marker’s 1 and 5 videos, is characterized by extravagant, overly-ornamented, opulent designs.
The Lielupe river, which can be seen at all five marker locations on this Google map, is a mile-and-a-half (2.4 kilometers) east-northeast (ENE) of Rundāle Palace, and starts approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Rundāle Palace at the meeting of the Mūsa and Mēmele rivers, flowing 74 miles (119 kilometers) northwest, and then northeast, to the Gulf of Riga on the Baltic Sea. The Lielupe river passes right by Jelgava Palace, and Jelgava Palace is 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) to the northwest of Rundāle Palace.
Below is a map showing the road-route from Jelgava Palace to Rundāle Palace in red, and the Lielupe river-route from the river’s source to the Gulf of Riga in yellow:
Both the Jelgava Palace and the Rundāle Palace were built by architect Francesco Bartolomeo in the 1700s.
Here is a Wikipedia article showing the different structures Francesco Rastrelli was responsible for creating over his career.
Rundāle Palace was built as a summer home for the region’s ruler at the time, Ernst Johann von Biron, who resided in Jelgava Palace, in the capital of the region, Jelgava.
If you ever decide that you want to follow the red line on this Google map by taking a leisurely hour-long drive from Jelgava Palace to Rundāle Palace through the scenic Latvian countryside, there are a couple of things you should know about driving a vehicle in the country of Latvia:
1) The headlights on your car must be turned on even during the day. Here is a list of additional Latvian Driving Rules.
2) You must drive on the right-hand side of the road. Here is a map and list of where in the world you would drive on the right or left side of the road.