Tuesday, 15 December 2009
ABC Wednesday V for Vivaldi
Here we see Giovanni Antonini playing Vivaldi's concerto RV 443 on the recorder.
Vivaldi was born on 4th of March, 1678 in Venice, Italy
He died on July 28, 1741 in Vienna, Austria
He was a composer of the baroque period, like Bach, Handel, Haydn, Telemann, Albinioni..
Most of us know The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.
Nicknamed the "Red Priest" because of his red hair, Vivaldi was trained for music and the priesthood by his father. He left the priesthood in 1703 because of ill health, but continued to pursue a musical career. He became head of the Conservatory of the Ospedale della Pieta which housed over 6000 orphaned girls. Music was an integral part of their training at the Conservatory and Vivaldi wrote over 400 concertos for his students.
His personality was one of contrasts - quickly changing from irritated to very calm. His music reflected this trait. It also showed contrasts in dynamics, harmony and varied rhythms. The Four Seasons was his most popular work for which he wrote sonnets to match the seasons.
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