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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

Which is your favorite musical season?

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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 [DVD]
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - A Naxos Musical Journey [DVD]
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

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