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Antonio Vivaldi

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Birthday
4, 1678
Birthplace
Venice, Italy
Death Date
Jul 28, 1741 (63)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
4, 1678
Birthplace
Venice, Italy
Death Date
Jul 28, 1741 (63)

About

One of the greatest Baroque composers, he was also a virtuoso violinist who wrote the popular "The Four Seasons" violin concertos. He wrote over 500 concertos, most of which focused on the violin.

Before Fame

He was unable to play wind instruments because he suffered from what was likely asthma. He originally studied to be a priest when he was 15 and was ordained at age 25. He was called The Red Priest because of his red hair.

Trivia

He composed many of his female music ensembles for the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children.

Family Life

He was born to parents Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, a barber and professional violist, and Camilla Calicchio. He grew up with five siblings: Margarita Gabriela, Cecilia Maria, Bonaventura Tomaso, Zanetta Anna, and Francesco Gaetano.

Associated With

His concertos and arias deeply influenced Johann Sebastian Bach.

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