Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

By: Maria Khakbaz

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Antonio's life

Born on March 4, 1678, in Venice, Italy. Little is known about his family, except that his father's name was Giovanni Battista. Antonio studied to be a priest at age fifteen. In 1703 Vivaldi became a priest, but he only said mass a few times. Vivaldi had a medical problem he called, "tightening of the chest" A.K.A asthma as we call it today. Vivaldi also studied the violin. Also in 1703 Vivaldi became a music teacher in Ospedale Della Pieta a school for poor and orphaned girls. Vivaldi lived near the end of the Baroque era which lasted to about the 1600's to the 1750's.
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Venice, Italy

Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. Venice is where Vivaldi grew up.
Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi

About the Four seasons

The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi's works. Each concerto is in the distinct form of fast-slow-fast movements. Antonio Vivaldi wrote the individual Sonnets to go along with each movement of the Four Seasons.

Other famous Vivaldi pieces

Some other known works are...

  • Gloria
  • Il gardelino
  • La notte
  • Il tempesta di mare
  • Stabat Mater

Interesting facts

  • When Vivaldi became a priest, he was known as, "the Red Priest" because of his bright red hair
  • When Vivaldi he received the cheapest possible funeral.
  • Vivaldi composed over a thousand pieces of music during his life time.