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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on March 4, 1678. His father was a baker and a talented violinist. In 1703 Vivaldi became a priest, soon nicknamed Il Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest", probably because of his red hair. In 1704, Antonio became a violin teacher at an orphanage for girls called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. Vivaldi wrote for them most of his concertos, cantatas, and sacred music. In 1705, the first collection (raccolta) of his works was published. Many others would follow. Vivaldi's music is innovative.

He gave brightness to the formal and the rhythmic structure of the concerto, repeatedly looking for harmonic contrasts, and invented innovative melodies and themes. Moreover, Vivaldi was able to compose non-academic music, particularly meant to be appreciated by the wide public, and not only by an intellectual minority. The joyful appearance of his music reveals in this regard a transmissible joy of composing. He is considered one of the composers who brought Baroque music to evolve into an impressionist style. Vivaldi has been also indicated as a precursor of romantic musicians. Vivaldi's life, like those of many composers of the time, ended in poverty. He died in 1741. Vivaldi was a prolific composer and is most well-known for composing: over 500 concertos (210 of which are for violin or violoncello solo), 46 operas, sinfonias, 73 sonatas, chamber music and sacred music. His most famous work is perhaps 1723's Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons).
(Courtesy of Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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