Antonio Vivaldi

1678-1741 Created By: Maya Pollack

Early Childhood

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy on March 4, 1678. Throughout his childhood, his father, Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, taught him to play violin, as he was a violinist. When he was thriving as a violinist, he struggled with "the tightening of the chest," asthma, but that did not stop him from pursing his career. At the age of 15, Vivaldi started studying to become a priest. He became a priest, and was known as "il Prete Rosso" or "the Red Priest." His career as a priest did not last for long.

Map of Italy

Antonio Vivaldi was born and raised in Venice, Italy. He was a part of a large family with four brothers and four sisters. The period of time that he lived in was known as the "Baroque Period." The Baroque style was very influential throughout his time composing music. Many of his concerts were constructed based on the techniques of the Baroque style.
[Classical Music - Royalty Free] The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) Spring Mvt 1 Allegro

The Four Seasons-Spring

During Vivaldi's career, he made violin concerto, the Four Seasons. Within this Four Seasons, there was Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter. Along with this music he wrote sonnets, which are fourteen line poems, to describe each of the seasons. These poems were very tricky to write with the specific number of beats in each line and a rhythm scheme. All of the Four Seasons, including Spring were inspired by the artist, Marco Ricci. This video above is of one of the Four Seasons, Spring.

Vivaldi's Known Music

The Four Seasons: Summer, Spring, Autumn, and Winter


The Operas:

  • Argippo

  • Bajazet

  • La Constanza Trionfante

  • Farnace


He also composed cantatas, which were choral compositions:

  • Gloria e Imeneo


Violin Concertos:
  • L'eestro Armonico
  • La Starvaganza
  • Le Quattro Stagione
  • La Cetra

Vivaldi's Legacy

Antonio Vivaldi was a violinist who will never be forgotten. He composed many operas, cantatas, and violin concertos. These were fantastic pieces that are still very famous today. He worked at Ospedale della Pieta, where he taught and composed music for poor and orphaned girls for 40 years. His most famous piece, The Four Seasons, was made up of Summer, Winter, Spring, and Autumn. Each of these pieces are different and unique in their own ways.

Citations

  • "Antonio Vivaldi." Monkeyshines (On Music and Great Musicians). 1996: 52. SIRS
    Discoverer. Web. 22 Sep. 2015.

  • Antonio Vivaldi Biography. Priest, Educator, Composer (1678–1741). Biography.com
    Editors. The Biography.com website. A&E Television Networks. Web. 22
    Sep. 2015.



  • Italy, Venice, Map of Bologna in 1600, engraving from Theatrum Civitatum et
    Admirandorum Italiae by Jean Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1663.
    Photopgraphy.Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 2 May 2016.