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Antonio Vivaldi:
About Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi was the oldest of six (some say nine) children. His father was a barber, baker and violinist. Vivaldi inherited his father's musical talent, and his flaming red hair. Vivaldi became a priest, but he spent most of his life composing and teaching music.

Music heard in this episode:
Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D Major RV 93
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in a minor “L’estro armonico” Op. 3 #6 RV 356
Vivaldi: Gloria
Vivaldi: Concerto Alla Rustica RV 151
Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in Bb Major RV 548
Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in F Major RV 434
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C Major RV 469
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Trumpets
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major RV 532
Vivaldi: “Anch’il mar par che sommergo” from Il Tamerlano
Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons

Other shows about Antonio Vivaldi:
Poetry and Sound Effects in Vivaldi's Spring Concerto
Violin Concertos Through the Ages
Spring Music

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About Antonio Vivaldi
3/4/1678 - 7/28/1741
Born in Italy

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy, which is where he spent most of his life. His father taught him to play the violin, and the two would often perform together.

Antonio continued to study and practice the violin, even after he became a priest. He was called the "Red Priest" because of his flaming red hair. However, after a while, his bad asthma kept Antonio from saying Mass.

After that, Vivaldi spent all his time writing music and teaching. He taught at an orphanage for girls, and wrote a lot of music for the girls to play. People came from miles around to hear Vivaldi's talented students perform the beautiful music he had written.

Many people think Vivaldi was the best Italian composer of his time. He wrote concertos, operas, church music and many other compositions. In all, Antonio wrote over 500 concertos. His most famous set of concertos is The Four Seasons.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. In which city was Vivaldi born?






2.What was Vivaldi's nickname?

The Red Priest

The Blue Falcon

The Red Dragon

The Mighty Composer

3. Many of Vivaldi's works were composed for

Italian opera singers


orphans at a Venetian orphanage

students at a music conservatory



Antonio Vivaldi
“Spring” from The Four Seasons

Composed in 1723
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor
Takako Nishizaki, violin

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