Antonio Vivaldi, composer

Antonio Vivaldi

March 4, 1678, Venice, Italy ~ July 28, 1741, Vienna, Austria

The Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi, was a major figure in baroque music and exercised a considerable influence on the development of the concerto. He entered the priesthood, and because of his red hair he was known as “The Red Priest.” From 1704 to 1740 he was teacher, conductor, and composer for the Ospedale della Pietà, a Venetian conservatory and orphanage for girls whose musical performances were famous. ~ Karadar Classical Music World: Antonio Vivaldi ~ retrieved March 2, 2014 © Karadar Classical Music World

A deeper understanding of his music begins with the realization that, compared with Bach and even Handel, he was Baroque music's arch progressive. ~ Allmusic: Antonio Vivaldi ~ retrieved June 10, 2013 © Allmusic

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Recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe. Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over forty operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. […] Though Vivaldi's music was well received during his lifetime, it later declined in popularity until its vigorous revival in the first half of the 20th century. Today, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded of Baroque composers. ~ Wikipedia: Antonio Vivaldi ~ retrieved June 10, 2013 © Wikipedia

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