Friday, March 4, 2022

Mar. 4: Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest (active for only 18 months, perhaps due to poor health, but he remained ordained the rest of his life). Born in Venice, and regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers, he was influential across Europe during his lifetime, influencing among others Johann Sebastian Bach. His best-known piece is a suite of four violin concertos called the Four Seasons. Within a year of his death he moved to Vienna; his patron died shortly after his arrival, and he shortly after that, in poverty. His works are still being rediscovered, literally, one as recently as 2006.


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