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Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy. Vivaldi was a violinist and
composer who also became a priest in 1703. He was known as "The Red Priest"
because of his red hair. He wrote hundreds of concertos, chamber works and operas in the
Vivaldi was not really appreciated until the mid-20th century, when there was a revival in
Baroque music and Vivaldi became popular to Classical music listeners. He single-handedly
developed the concerto into a form which remained mostly unchanged. The most popular piece
Vivaldi wrote is the four concertos known as "I Quattro Stagioni" (The Four
Seasons), written in 1723. The Four Seasons was one of the earliest examples of
"Program Music" (music that evokes scenes). Vivaldi's music is different than
other Baroque composers by his use of melodic invention and originality, along with an
incredible amount of excitement.
Despite a prosperous life, Vivaldi became penniless in his later years. He died in Vienna,
Austria on July 28, 1741 from gastric infection. Antonio Vivaldi, genius Baroque composer,
was buried in a pauper's grave.
Vivaldi's Greatest Works:
"The Four Seasons"
12 Violin Concertos
"Ottone in villa" & "Rosmira" Operas
60 Concertos, Sinfonias, and Sonatas for strings and basso continuo
28 Sonatas for violin and basso continuo
"La Cetra" Concertos
7 Concertos for Viola d'amore
SUMMARY: Antonio Vivaldi (known as "The Red Priest" because of his red
hair), the famous Baroque composer, sees a vision of the 21st century
future while composing and teaching "The Four Seasons" in Italy 1723.
The Great Kat Guitar Shredder ("Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time")
appears SHREDDING "THE FOUR SEASONS" at Hyperspeed on Guitar AND Violin!
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