Antonio Vivaldi

1678-1741 Created by: Helena H.

Vivaldi's Early Years

Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy. His father, Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, was a professional violinist and taught Antonio Vivaldi how to play. Antonio Vivaldi also met many of the finest musicians and composers who knew his father. Vivaldi learned from the musicians and composers to become a phenomenal violinist himself. As a child, Antonio Vivaldi had "tightening of the chest" or as we would call it, asthma. This problem barred him from mastering the wind instruments. At the age of 15, he studied to become a priest but later on, he abandoned the priesthood.

Map Connection

This map connects with Vivaldi because this is the map of Venice. Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678 and this map is Venice during 1651. It was said that he was baptized immediately at home by the midwife due to "danger of death." Sources are not sure what "danger of death" is but people say it was because of an earthquake or Vivaldi's poor health. Vivaldi's official church baptism did not happen until two months later. Antonio Vivaldi also had four sisters and four brothers.
Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi

Vivaldi's Music

Antonio Vivaldi was a composer in the Baroque period. Throughout his pieces, the music changes pitch, tempo, and dynamics. He also attempted to describe natural phenomena such as storms and winds, but most of his pieces were bright and happy. His music was like the pop of today and many people would want to hear new and unique songs. Antonio Vivaldi composed many pieces of music from operas to violin concertos and created music for a wide variety of instruments.

List Of Other Known Vivaldi Music

Violin Concertos:

  • L'estro Armonico
  • La Starvaganza
  • Le Quattro Stagione
  • La Cetra
  • Choral
Cantatas:
  • Gloria e lmeneo

Vivaldi's Legacy

Vivaldi was a fantastic violinist. He made over a thousand pieces of music and one of the most popular pieces of music was The Four Seasons. Vivaldi is remembered mostly for the many violin concertos he wrote but he also made forty-six operas. Vivaldi composed music for a talented group of poor and orphaned girls. Vivaldi supported women's right and believed women could play music just as well as the men. Antonio Vivaldi will be remembered for one of the greatest musician/composer in the Baroque Period.

Citations

Works Cited


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Italy, Bologna, Portrait of Antonio Vivaldi. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 29 Apr 2016.



The Mediterranean Basin, from a nautical atlas, 1651 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 2 May 2016.