44 Facts About Antonio Vivaldi


Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian composer, virtuoso violinist and impresario of Baroque music.

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Antonio Vivaldi pioneered many developments in orchestration, violin technique and programatic music.

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Antonio Vivaldi consolidated the emerging concerto form into a widely accepted and followed idiom, which was paramount in the development of Johann Sebastian Bach's instrumental music.

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Antonio Vivaldi composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other musical instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than fifty operas.

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Antonio Vivaldi's best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons.

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Antonio Vivaldi had worked as a Catholic priest for 18 months and was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740.

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Antonio Vivaldi had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna.

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Antonio Vivaldi's music remains widely popular in the present day and is regularly played all over the world.

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Antonio Vivaldi was son of Giovanni Battista Vivaldi and Camilla Calicchio, as recorded in the register of San Giovanni in Bragora.

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Antonio Vivaldi was baptized immediately after his birth at his home by the midwife, the reason for which has led to speculation.

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Antonio Vivaldi had five known siblings: Bonaventura Tomaso, Margarita Gabriela, Cecilia Maria, Francesco Gaetano, and Zanetta Anna.

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Antonio Vivaldi's father, Giovanni Battista, was a barber before becoming a professional violinist and was one of the founders of the Sovvegno dei musicisti di Santa Cecilia, an association of musicians.

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Antonio Vivaldi taught Antonio to play the violin and then toured Venice, playing the violin with his young son.

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Antonio Vivaldi was probably taught at an early age, judging by the extensive musical knowledge he had acquired by the age of 24, when he started working at the Ospedale della Pieta.

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Antonio Vivaldi was ordained in 1703, aged 25, and was nicknamed il Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest".

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Antonio Vivaldi wrote concertos, cantatas and sacred vocal music for them.

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Antonio Vivaldi had to compose an oratorio or concerto at every feast and teach the orphans both music theory and how to play certain instruments.

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The vote on Antonio Vivaldi was seldom unanimous and went 7 to 6 against him in 1709.

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Antonio Vivaldi became responsible for all of the musical activity of the institution when he was promoted to maestro de' concerti in 1716.

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Antonio Vivaldi was a musician himself, and Vivaldi probably met him in Venice.

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Antonio Vivaldi started his career as an opera composer as a sideline: his first opera, Ottone in villa was performed not in Venice, but at the Garzerie Theater in Vicenza in 1713.

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The following year, Antonio Vivaldi became the impresario of the Teatro San Angelo in Venice, where his opera Orlando finto pazzo was performed.

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Antonio Vivaldi got the censor to accept the opera the following year, and it was a resounding success.

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Also in 1716, Antonio Vivaldi wrote and produced two more operas, L'incoronazione di Dario and La costanza trionfante degli amori e degli odi .

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Only around 50 operas by Antonio Vivaldi have been discovered, and no other documentation of the remaining operas exists.

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In 1717 or 1718, Antonio Vivaldi was offered a prestigious new position as Maestro di Cappella of the court of prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt, governor of Mantua, in the northwest of Italy He moved there for three years and produced several operas, among them Tito Manlio .

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Antonio Vivaldi visited Milan again the following year with the oratorio L'adorazione delli tre re magi al bambino Gesu .

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In 1725, Antonio Vivaldi returned to Venice, where he produced four operas in the same year.

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At the height of his career, Antonio Vivaldi received commissions from European nobility and royalty, some of them are:.

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Antonio Vivaldi gave Vivaldi the title of knight, a gold medal and an invitation to Vienna.

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Antonio Vivaldi gave Charles a manuscript copy of La cetra, a set of concerti almost completely different from the set of the same title published as Opus 9.

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The printing was probably delayed, forcing Antonio Vivaldi to gather an improvised collection for the emperor.

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Antonio Vivaldi's compositions were no longer held in such high esteem as they once had been in Venice; changing musical tastes quickly made them outmoded.

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Antonio Vivaldi moved to Vienna probably to stage operas, especially as he took up residence near the Karntnertortheater.

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Antonio Vivaldi was buried next to the Karlskirche, a baroque church in an area which is part of the site of the TU Wien university.

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Only two, possibly three, original portraits of Antonio Vivaldi are known to survive: an engraving, an ink sketch and an oil painting.

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Scholarly work intended to increase the accuracy and variety of Antonio Vivaldi performances supported new discoveries which made old catalogs incomplete.

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Simply consecutive Complete Edition numbers did not reflect the individual works into which compositions were grouped, numbers assigned by Antonio Vivaldi Fanna were often used in conjunction with CE numbers.

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Antonio Vivaldi's work built on that of Antonio Fanna, a Venetian businessman and the Institute's founder, and thus formed a bridge to the scholarly catalog dominant today.

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Antonio Vivaldi brightened the formal and rhythmic structure of the concerto, in which he looked for harmonic contrasts and innovative melodies and themes.

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Many Antonio Vivaldi manuscripts were rediscovered, which were acquired by the Turin National University Library as a result of the generous sponsorship of Turinese businessmen Roberto Foa and Filippo Giordano, in memory of their sons.

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Antonio Vivaldi'storically informed performances, often on "original instruments", have increased Vivaldi's fame still further.

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Recent rediscoveries of works by Antonio Vivaldi include two psalm settings of Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus .

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Films about Vivaldi include Vivaldi, a Prince in Venice, an Italian-French co-production under the direction of Jean-Louis Guillermou, and Vivaldi, the Red Priest, loosely based on Antonio's life as both priest and composer.

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