Benedetto Marcello
Alfredo Casella
Grammy Award
Europa Galante
La stravaganza

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Antonio Vivaldi

Knowledge Identifier: +Antonio_Vivaldi


Antonio Vivaldi

Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinistadd

Category: Music (651)

Born in 1678.

Countries: Italy (74%), Czech Republic (9%), United States (4%)

Main connections: Benedetto Marcello, Piedmont, Annibale Pio Fabri

Linked to: Vienna University of Technology, Wichita State University, Deutsche Grammophon, Australian Broadcasting Corporation




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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice , the capital of the Republic of Venice in 1678. add something


Vivaldi's father may have been a composer himself: in 1689, an opera titled La Fedeltà sfortunata was composed by a Giovanni Battista Rossi, and this was the name under which Vivaldi's father had joined the Sovvegno di Santa Cecilia: 'Rosso' is Italian for 'Red', and would have referred to the colour of his hair, a family trait. add something


The Luxembourg scholar Walter Kolneder has discerned in the early liturgical work Laetatus sum the influence of Legrenzi's style. add something


In 1693, at the age of 15, he began studying to become a priest. add something


He probably taught him at an early age, judging by Vivaldi's extensive musical knowledge at the age of 24 when he started working at the Ospedale della Pietà. add something


In September 1703, Vivaldi became maestro di violino at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà in Venice . add something


In 1704, the position of teacher of viola all'inglese was added to his duties as violin instructor. add something


Not long after his ordination, in 1704, he was given a reprieve from celebrating the Holy Mass because of his ill health. add something


In 1705, the first collection of his works was published by Giuseppe Sala: his Opus 1 is a collection of 12 sonatas for two violins and basso continuo, in a conventional style. add something


In 1709, a second collection of 12 sonatas for violin and basso continuo appeared, his Opus 2. add something


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


In February 1711, Vivaldi and his father traveled to Brescia, where his setting of the Stabat Mater was played as part of a religious festival. add something


Annibale Pio Fabri - His dramatic career began in 1711 in Rome, and during the course of the decade he sang at Venice, Bologna, and Mantua, creating, among others, the title role in Vivaldi's "L'incoronazione di Dario"


Stabat Mater. Solo alto and orchestra, composed in 1711. RV621, Philippe Jaroussky.


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. add something


It was followed in 1714 by La stravaganza Opus 4, a collection of concerti for solo violin and strings, dedicated to an old violin student of Vivaldi's, the Venetian noble Vettor Dolfin. add something


In 1715, he presented Nerone fatto Cesare, with music by seven different composers, of which he was the leader. add something


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


At this period, the Pietà commissioned several liturgical works. Among them, the most important were two oratorios. The first one, Moyses Deus Pharaonis, is lost. The second, Juditha triumphans, celebrates the victory of the Republic of Venice against the Turks and the recapture of the island of Corfù. Composed in 1716, it is one of his sacred masterpieces. add something


He became responsible for all of the musical activity of the institution when he was promoted to maestro di' concerti in 1716. add something


Juditha Triumphans


In 1717 or 1718, Vivaldi was offered a new prestigious position as Maestro di Cappella of the court of prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt, governor of Mantua. add something


Despite his frequent travels from 1718, the Pietà paid him 2 sequins to write two concerti a month for the orchestra and to rehearse with them at least five times when in Venice . add something


Benedetto Marcello - Marcello was a younger contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi in Venice and his instrumental music enjoys a Vivaldian flavor.


Benedetto Marcello - Marcello vented his opinions on the state of musical drama at the time in the satirical pamphlet 'Il teatro alla moda', published anonymously in Venice in 1720. The pamphlet attacks Antonio Vivaldi without mentioning him directly.


In 1721, he was in Milan , where he presented the pastoral drama La Silvia. add something


In 1722 he moved to Rome, where he introduced his operas' new style. There, the new pope Benedict XIII invited Vivaldi to play for him. add something


The Pietà's records show that he was paid for 140 concerti between 1723 and 1733. add something

Major work

1723 - Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi


The Four Seasons: Summer. Violin concerto composed in 1723. Interpreted by Julia Fischer.


Four Seasons: Spring, published in 1724. Interpreted by Julia Fisher.


Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Winter, Julia Fischer


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


They were published as the first four concertos in a collection of twelve, Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Opus 8, published in Amsterdam by Le Cène in 1725. add something


In 1728, Vivaldi met the emperor while he was visiting Trieste to oversee the construction of a new port. add something


Angelo Maria Amorevoli - Angelo Amorevoli began singing in opera seria when he was just thirteen: in 1729 he sang in revivals of the musical dramas, "Amore e gratitudine", probably by Flavio Carlo Lanciani, and "Ottone in villa" by Antonio Vivaldi


Accompanied by his father, Vivaldi traveled to Vienna and Prague in 1730, where his opera Farnace was presented. add something


Vivaldi's lost 1730 opera Argippo was re-discovered in 2006 by harpsichordist and conductor Ondrej Macek, whose Hofmusici orchestra performed the work at Prague Castle on 3 May 2008, its first performance since 1730. add something


Although Vivaldi's relationship with Anna Girò was questioned, he adamantly denied any romantic relationship in a letter to his patron Bentivoglio dated 16 November 1737. add something

Vivaldi died a pauper in July 1741 of 'internal infection'. add something


In 1926, in a monastery in Piedmont, researchers discovered fourteen folios of Vivaldi's work that were previously thought to have been lost during the Napoleonic Wars add something


The resurrection of Vivaldi's unpublished works in the 20th century is mostly due to the efforts of Alfredo Casella, who in 1939 organized the historic Vivaldi Week, in which the rediscovered Gloria and l'Olimpiade were revived add something


Compositions by Vivaldi are identified today by RV number, the number assigned by Danish musicologist Peter Ryom in works published mostly in the 1970s, such as the "Ryom-Verzeichnis" or "Répertoire des oeuvres d'Antonio Vivaldi" add something


These were identified in 2003 and 2005 respectively, by the Australian scholar Janice Stockigt add something


In 2005, ABC Radio National commissioned a radio play about Vivaldi, which was written by Sean Riley add something


The movie "Vivaldi, a Prince in Venice" was completed in 2005 as an Italian-French co-production under the direction of Jean-Louis Guillermou add something


Europa Galante - For example, their record of Vivaldi's opera "Bajazet" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006


"Hidden Harmonies: The Secret Life of Antonio Vivaldi", 2007 add something


Les 4 saisons de Vivaldi à la guitare électrique !