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Antonio Vivaldi ~ Baroque Composer

Updated on October 23, 2014

A red priest? I thought he was a musician!

Does listening to music of Vivaldi put a "Spring" in your step? Does his music warm your heart like the "Summer" sun? Fall ("Autumn") into your favorite comfy chair and treat your ears to some delightfully creative masterpieces I have selected for you! Vivaldi's music won't leave you cold as "Winter". No matter what the "Season", Antonio has it all covered! Now, about this "red priest" thing, well, you'll just have to read the page on that one! So, listen to some great music and read about this Baroque composer whose music needs no fixing! {Baroque (broke) ~ fixing ~ get it?} LOL! Yes, I know I have a unique sense of humor and should just stick to sharing my love of music. Enjoy! (Don't worry, I won't make any more puns on the page. :D)

Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi

Who was Vivaldi?

Just the Facts!

Portrait of Antonio Vivaldi by Franis Morellon de la Cave at Wikipedia

Full Name: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Born: March 4, 1678

Birthplace: Venice, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Family: Mother Camilla Calicchio & Father Giovanni Battista both children of tailors - Married in 1676 - Antonio oldest of 9 siblings

Interesting Fact: Earthquake on Vivaldi's Birthdate

Health: Suffered with Bronchial Asthma

Personality: Known to be arrogant and cocky.

Musical Instructor: His father, Giovanni Battista, Violinist at St. Mark's

Major Instrument: Violin

First Occupations: Performed & Toured with Giovanni Battista 1690's

Religion: Studied and Served as a Priest 1693 - 1706

Nickname: Il Prete Rosso ~ "The Red Priest" because of his red hair.

Positions Held: Violinist, Instrumental Director, & Composer for the Ospedale della Piet

Musical Director for Prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt

Musical Style Period: Baroque

Contemporary Composers: Arcangelo Corelli, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell

Types of Music Composed: 500+ Concertos (over 200 alone for violin - others for woodwinds and strings), 46 Operas, Oratorios & other Sacred Choral Music, 90 Sonatas, Symphonies, Chamber Music

Most Famous Compositions: The Four Seasons

Operas: First in 1714 - Orlando finto pazzo; 21 Operas Composed

Adulthood: Traveled Europe frequently to Premiere & Direct Operas and other Selections

Died: July 28, 1741 in Vienna, Austria

Gloria! - Part 1

Listen to Gloria! ~ Part 2 and Gloria! ~ Part 3, also. :)

"Spring" from The Four Seasons - Performed by Itzhak Perlman & the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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LDBMDA?

Laus Deo Beataeque

Mariae Deiparae Amen

"Praise God, the blessed Mary,

and the Son of God. Amen."

Note on Vivaldi's Manuscripts

The 99 Most Essential Vivaldi Masterpieces! - by Various Artists

The 99 Most Essential Vivaldi Masterpieces
The 99 Most Essential Vivaldi Masterpieces

This amazing MP3 collection of Antonio Vivaldi's music contains 99 pieces of music from The Four Seasons through Concertos for almost every baroque period instrument!

 

Music Education - Music History for Children

Lesson Plans:

Vivaldi & the Four Seasons from Canada's National Arts Center ~ This free 34 page document is written for teachers and parents and contains lesson suggestions for multi-curicular subjects. It looks really awesome!

Vivaldi Matchbook to use for a lapbook or mini-book. (Scroll down.)

Vivaldi Biographies for Children:

Arts Alive

Classics for Kids

DSO Kids

New York Philharmonic Kid's Zone - click on "Composer's Gallery" then search under "V", "Italy", or "Baroque".

Literature Unit Studies related to Vivaldi:

Gabriella's Song - about a young lady who finds music in Venice, Italy, the city of Vivaldi's birth.


Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery (Audio CD)
Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery (Audio CD)

This recording from Classical Kids is part of a fantastic series for children to learn about classical music composers! Students, parents, and teachers will enjoy how a part of Mr. Vivaldi's life is told in a fun story with voice actors. His music is interspersed throughout the recording and at the end of the recording to enjoy. The series has other wonderful books about Mozart, Beethoven and others along with teaching suggestion books for educators.

 

Chamber Concerto in D Major RV93 - Lute, 2 Violins, & Basso Continuo

Allegro giusto ~ Largo ~ Allegro

Concerto "per la Solennita di S. Lorenzo" - For Multiple Instruments in C major RV556

Largo e cantabile ~ Allegro

A Musical Journey to Europe with Vivaldi

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - A Naxos Musical Journey
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - A Naxos Musical Journey

Enjoy viewing almost an hour's worth of beautiful sights throughout Europe while listening to the seasonal music of Mr. Vivaldi!

 

Beautiful Concertos & Sonatas!

Vivaldi composed tons of beautiful music for us to still enjoy today! A few of the pieces that I would recommend for you to hear are: Concerto for Mandolin in C Major RV425; Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring from the Four Seasons; Concerto for Oboe and Violin; Bassoon Concerto in A Minor RV497; Concerto "Grosso Mogul" RV208 - Mov. 2-3/3; Concerto in B Minor RV 386 Mov. 1/3; Sonata a Quattro in E Flat Major RV130; Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla; and Sonata da Camera in B Flat Major RV78.

Some of the above pieces are listed as videos below for your enjoyment. Your ears are in for a treat!

How well do you know your music history about Vivaldi?


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Vivaldi in the 21st Century - Modern versions of Vivaldi!

Vivaldi's Signature
Vivaldi's Signature

What is your favorite piece of music from Mr. Vivaldi?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      At the moment we are really loving the Four Seasons. Just love watching as my children grow in appreciation and "seeing" the seasons with each new listening.

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      I would also have to say Gloria. It is beautiful. Fantastic lens. Vivaldi is one of the may positive attributes of Italians and Italian Americans. Thank you for this lens.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      My son & husband sang Gloria this past Christmas, so that's a favorite. We also Spring from The Four Seasons. Blessed and liked.

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Vivaldi has music that helps me when I write! It's very lively and gives me inspiration. Thank you for your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens on an important composer. When my wife and I got married, she walked down the aisle to a lone violinist playing from the Winter section of The Four Seasons. Beautiful!

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      OldStones LM 6 years ago

      As an asspiring mandolinist I have to say Concerto for Mandolin is my favorite. Thanks for the look at the life and work of Vivaldi.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It has to be the four seasons, I know that's the easy answer tho! :) Thanks!

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      AJ 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Fantastic lens! Love the information on Vivaldi's life, and love love love his music!

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      PippiDust 6 years ago

      I love Vivaldi and this lense is great to find out more about him and his music.

      My favorite is The Four Seasons - Spring.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I absolutely love the music of Vivaldi. Great lens!

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      Padaneis 6 years ago

      Very fine lens, with many samples. I advise you the concerto "La Notte" for flute. My favourite performance is the one by the Academy of Ancient Music. Bests.

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Really enjoy Vivaldi. My favorite of his compositions is the "Seasons" suite. I enjoy Baroque in general.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I may not know that much about "Vivaldi," but I sure do like his music. ;-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Hearing Vivaldi always reminds me of Venice. Two of my all-time favorites.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Barb McCoy: Thank you so much!! =D

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      Love the information you have pulled together on a great composer. Favoriting, Lensrolling, and blessing!

      ***Blessed by an Angel***

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      Four seasons is still wonderful!

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      InnaTsv 6 years ago

      one of my trully loved classical composers! maybe some would say that naming Four Seasons would already by 'banal', but that's what fascinates me every time im listening to it! thank you, Pamela for such a comprehensive lens! :)

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      I love Vivaldi's music. Awesome lens.

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      termit_bronx 7 years ago

      I'm a fan of Vivaldi's music. Great lens and great information about Vivaldi!

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      SorinVelescu 7 years ago

      Great lens. I love the Four Seasons especially Winter. Winter is the best :)

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      I love the Four Seasons! Used to love watching Nigel Kennedy play them on the violin when I was young. Fascinating lens!

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      Jeremy 7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for the Vivaldi lens. It's good to learn more about the man behind the music.

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      BetsiGoutal1 7 years ago

      Way, amazing lens! Thanks so much for the informative read.

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      Adriana 7 years ago from New Market

      Thanks for helping me lean more about my favorite composer. I absolutely love Vivaldi's music, and remember when we were kids dancing fun dances to his music.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @sheilamarie78: I truly enjoy listening to a vast array of musical styles, so I'm glad your son enjoys both classics and modern. The fact that you planted the seeds for classic music when your children were little has probably broadened them in many ways. Thanks for sharing about it! : )

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      This lens was fun as well as informative. When my kids were little we often played the Four Seasons and danced around the house. My eldest son was deeply moved the first time he listened to a live concert of the piece. He was not expecting it and was excited to hear it again after his years of listening to rock.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Joan4: Yes, truly the best!!!! :-D

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Fantastic and I loved that _Joan_ added the choir parts. Aren't our Squidoo friends wonderful?

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Had to leave another comment to say thanks for adding my ChoirParts link. You sweetie!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I love the baroque music and really enjoyed this lens on Vivaldi.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      All I can say is WOW! Such a wonderful comprehensive page. I guessed on most of the quiz questions but got 60%.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I just love Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Listening to "Spring" makes me feel hopeful that spring might really be coming soon. I'm not a great baroque fan, but you've made me feel happy to listen to Vivaldi today. Great job!

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great stuff! I hope you're planning to make more of these composer lenses.

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      What a lovely lens! I really enjoyed all the beautiful music!