Knowledge Identifier: +Antonio_Vivaldi
Category: Music (651)
Born in 1678.
Countries: Italy (74%), Czech Republic (9%), United States (4%)
Linked to: Vienna University of Technology, Wichita State University, Deutsche Grammophon, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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.
The Luxembourg scholar Walter Kolneder has discerned in the early liturgical work Laetatus sum the influence of Legrenzi's style.
In September 1703, Vivaldi became maestro di violino at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà in Venice .
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.
Stabat Mater. Solo alto and orchestra, composed in 1711. RV621, Philippe Jaroussky.www.youtube.com
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.
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.
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 .
In 1721, he was in Milan , where he presented the pastoral drama La Silvia.
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.
Four Seasons: Spring by Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons: Summer. Violin concerto composed in 1723. Interpreted by Julia Fischer.www.youtube.com
Four Seasons: Spring, published in 1724. Interpreted by Julia Fisher.www.youtube.com
In 1725, Vivaldi returned to Venice , where he produced four operas in the same year.
In 1728, Vivaldi met the emperor while he was visiting Trieste to oversee the construction of a new port.
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
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
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
Les 4 saisons de Vivaldi à la guitare électrique !www.youtube.com