Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Created By Amelia Cappellino

Antonio Vivaldi's Life

Antonio was born into a large family. At age 15 he began studying to become a priest. He became a priest in 1703. His father taught him to play the violin. Antonio and his father Giovanni sometimes played together at church. In 1703 Antonio became a music teacher at the school of Ospedale della Pieta, also known as the Hospital of Mercy. Antonio worked at the Ospedale della Pieta school for 40 years. But then moved to Vienna to work for one of his friends who was an emperor better known as Charles VI. But suddenly Charles died from food poisoning. Not long after on July 28, 1741 Antonio Vivaldi died.

Venice, Italy

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Italy on March 4, 1678. He lived in Venice Italy for most of his life. The picture on the left shows the small town of Bologna. The center of the town is protected by a large stone wall with multiple entrances. The city contains homes, shops, and the church.

Fun Facts

  • Vivaldi was known as the "Red Priest" because of his red hair
  • Vivaldi has 4 brothers and 4 sisters
  • Vivaldi had a condition called "tightening of the chest" known today as Asthma
  • Vivaldi wrote over 400 concertos for his students

Antonio Vivaldi's Music

  • The four seasons (Winter, Summer, Fall, and Autumn)
  • Gloria
  • Chamber Music
  • Choral
  • Magnificat
Antonio Vivaldi- The Four Seasons- Summer- Presto

Antonio Vivaldi Summer

The video above contains a beautiful piece created by Antonio Vivaldi. It is called summer. It is one part of the four pieces that make up the four seasons. The Four seasons is a group of sonnets that resemble the seasons (Fall, Winter, Autumn, and Summer).

Video Citation

(Video) Uploaded on Mar 19, 2009

Recorded in 1957 in Vienna.
Violinist Jan Tomasow, and Anton Heiller on Continuo.
Played by I Solisti Di Zagreb, conducted by Antonio Janigro. Music "Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate" (Summer): iii. Presto" by Jan Tomasow, I Solisti Di Zagreb & Antonio Janigro (Google PlayAmazonMP3)(Video) Uploaded on Mar 19, 2009


(Antonio Vivaldi in a green cloak) The Granger Collection / Universal Images Group

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(Map of Venice) A. DAGLI ORTI / De Agostini Picture Library / Universal Images Group

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