Antonio Vivaldi

Topics: Antonio Vivaldi, Baroque music, Violin Pages: 7 (2496 words) Published: October 9, 2013
Antonio Vivaldi
Giovanni Vivaldi and Camilla Calicchio gave birth to Antonio Vivaldi on March 4, 1678. Little did they know, their oldest son of nine would generate a life of music and talent, to not only contribute, but also leave footprints, in the world of music; never to be forgotten. Beginning in the early 1730's, Antonio was on a pursuit to re-captivate his career. He had gained much deserved popularity all throughout Europe, but sure enough, his fame was short lived. He died in a home located in Vienna and towards the end of his life, his financial status was at an all time low. The reason for his travel to Vienna, Austria, is not certain, but many assume it was career related and linked to his operatic productions. During the summer month of July, Vivaldi fell sick with an internal infection and shortly passed thereafter. His date of recorded death is July 28, 1741 at the age 63. His burial was simple and not what one would call lavish or theatrical, rather a pauper's burial. During that time, a Pauper's burial could be compared to something like a county burial; paying close to nothing for lower income individuals.
 Although Vivaldi was born into a large family that consisted of nine children, he was the sole musician of the kin. Vivaldi's birth was the beginning of a series of events, starting with a natural disaster while his mother was giving birth; in a spur of anxiety and superstition Vivaldi's mother, Camilla Calicho, had baptized her son at home immediately after his birth. He was officially baptized in a church shortly after. During Vivaldi's youth, his father Giovanni Vivaldi began to teach his oldest son how to play the violin. They began performing together in duets all over Europe. Many compare the acts between Vivaldi and his father similar to those of Mozart. In 1693, by social influence, Vivaldi joined the priesthood at local churches. It was common, during this time, for men to receive holy orders in order to avoid paying for education, especially those who came from a lower income background. Vivaldi was nicknamed, il Prete Rosso, which translates to “the Red Priest”, because of his vibrant red hair. As previously stated, Vivaldi's father was a strong influence on his musical talents. Asthma, a family condition that Vivaldi inherited, took away his ability to play any wind instruments. This turned his attention to the violin in which he prospered and he found concordance in, not only playing the violin, but also composing music. Giovanni Legrenzi, a Baroque composer, gave Antonio his first lesson in composing music. His career went to new heights with his acquisition of Maesto Di Violino at Ospedale Della Pieta, a women's orphanage for aspiring musicians. There, Vivaldi taught music to young females that showed interest in pursuing a higher career in performing arts. Unfortunately, in 1709 his position was not renewed and he was asked to resign from his position at the Ospedale Della Pieta. Although many are unsure of the exact reason of his termination, many assume it was economical rather than personal. Two years later, Vivaldi was re offered his position at the orphanage. During this time, he composed his first operatic production : Orlando finto pazzo ,at the theatre of St. Angelo in 1714, accompanied by his father. Vivaldi traveled to Rome where he performed for the Pope and composed as well as performed new operas. In 1716, Vivaldi was promoted to Maestro De Concertin, in which much of his music was composed. Vivaldi's music differed from the common sound of that age. Although there were no documented instances of what provoked his music style to change, there were many differences to notate between his style of music in comparison to other composers in his era. One difference to consider, was his concerto style of music that shifted from tradition instrumental, to violin concentrated. He dramatized the sound of music by allowing the soloist to compete with the large orchestra by...

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