Often called the "Red Priest" because of hair color and early vocation, Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1648 and spent most of his adult life teaching music at a girls' orphanage in Venice. During a period of outstanding creativity and virtuoso performers, Vivaldi may have overshadowed almost all of them except Johann Sebastian Bach. Vivaldi developed the concerto into its modern form and produced some of the most familiar music from the period, including his "Four Seasons." He outlived his fame and died in 1741. Ironically, just as it took Mendelssohn to restore Bach to his place among composers, it was Bach's transcriptions that kept Vivaldi's memory alive until his music once again stood on its own feet, beginning in the 1800s.
Humane and personal illustration of the mind and character of a virtuoso with several RAM audio links to illustrate various compositions.
Portraits, brief life, and interactive comments from Find a Grave.
Biographical material, links, and directory of MP3 audio files from Classic Cat.
Wikipedia article with detailed biography an summary of musical style, tracing path from greatness to obscurity and back again. Includes portrait, internal references, and links.
Detailed biography with works, travels, and teaching in the Venice Ospedale from the Baroque Music Page. Includes internal references to related material, including background on the Four Seasons with texts in Italian and English, plus links.
Filmography at IMDb with short biography and list of films and television shows featuring his music.
Works list, commentary on the Four Seasons, and biographical and musicological material from various contributors at Musicalics.
Entry at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with list of vocal works linked to lyrics, most with translations.
Brief biographical sketch, caricature, comments on his concertos and church, operatic, and chamber music, and Naxos discography.
Biography, key works, suggested reading, further resources, recommended recordings, and timeline, at Humanities Web.
Over 300 works offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists. Two biographies, including that from the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music. Timelines, search engine.
Biographical note; discography; cross-reference to various catalogues of works; links.
News, links, and information about significant Vivaldi recordings and books.
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