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Antonio Vivaldi

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 – July 28, 1741), also known as Il Prete Rosso or “the red priest”, was an Italian priest and baroque music composer. His father, Giovanni Battista, was a barber who became a musician, and it is assumed that he was Vivaldi’s first music teacher.

In 1703, Vivaldi became a priest and was nicknamed Il Prete Rosso because of his red hair. He soon left that life when due to a sickness that was very rare at that time, asthma, he couldn’t hold mass. It is when he decided to be a musician. In 1704, Vivaldi became a violin teacher for a girl orphanage called Ospedale della Pietà in Venetia, where he wrote many works for the orphanage girls.

Vivaldi was also into the opera business, where he was very successful and met Anna Giraud, a young opera singer, who would accompany him thereafter. Despite making a lot of money, mainly thanks to his opera businesses, Vivaldi died poor and his body was buried in a common grave.

One of his best known works is the Four Seasons, where Vivaldi expresses through music the feelings that he experiments in the different seasons of the year. Vivaldi is considered as one of the precursors of romantic music.

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