Royalty Free Music - Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi- Biography
Vivaldi was a great Venetian composer of the baroque period.
His many works display a lightness of touch and inventiveness
that secure their popularity today in television and film
Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678. His Father, Giovanni,
taught his young son the violin and together they played in
concerts all over the city, but Antonio as a young adult entered
the church, becoming a priest in 1703 and due to his fiery
hair he gained the nick-name "The Red Priest". His congenital
breathlessness however meant that after only 2 years he was
unable to say Holy Mass, so instead he gained musical employment
as master of violins at the "Ospedale della Pieta" in Venice.
This orphanage school had a famous choir and orchestra which
the most talented children joined at 15, and he wrote many
of his compositions for them.
From such beginnings, Vivaldi's brilliance as a composer
grew, and whilst he still retained his links with the Pieta
he gained employment first with Prince Phillip's court in
Mantua and then in Rome. His most famous work "The
Four Seasons" was written at this time, representing nature,
birds and animals with clear and bright melodies and rich
string orchestration, and was published in 1725 as one of
a series of twelve concertos. He went on to meet Kings, Princes
and noblemen throughout Europe and was well-known and respected
by musicians and audiences alike. His works were ambitious
and numerous (he is said to have written 94 operas) and his
work moved the composition style from the "Baroque"
towards the "Classical".
He died in July 1741, and was buried in Vienna.
His music enjoyed great popularity during his life, (JS
Bach transcribed 10 of his concertos for solo keyboard
or orchestra), but after his death became virtually unknown.
It wasn't really publically appreciated until the middle of
the 20th Century, when a Vivaldi week in 1939 saw a performance
of, amongst other things, his "Gloria". Since then, Vivaldi's
compositions have been rediscovered and it says much for his
talents that the writings of this Venetian composer, born
in the 17th century, are now celebrated and performed all
over the world, and still today communicate the freshness
and vitality of life that Vivaldi felt 300 years ago.
Listen to royalty free
Royalty Free Music Library