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Antonio Vivaldi

The creator of hundreds of spirited, extroverted instrumental works, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is widely recognized as the master of the Baroque instrumental concerto, which he perfected and popularized more than any of his contemporaries. Vivaldi's kinetic rhythms, fluid melodies, bright instrumental effects, and extensions of instrumental technique make his some of the most enjoyable of Baroque music. He was highly influential among his contemporaries and successors: even as esteemed a figure as Johann Sebastian Bach adapted some of Vivaldi's music. Vivaldi's variable textures a ...read more

The creator of hundreds of spirited, extroverted instrumental works, Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi is widely recognized as the master of the Baroque instrumental concerto, which he perfected and popularized more than any of his contemporaries. Vivaldi's kinetic rhythms, fluid melodies, bright instrumental effects, and extensions of instrumental technique make his some of the most enjoyable of Baroque music. He was highly influential among his contemporaries and successors: even as esteemed a figure as Johann Sebastian Bach adapted some of Vivaldi's music. Vivaldi's variable textures and dramatic effects initiated the shift toward what became the Classical style; a deeper understanding of his music begins with the realization that, compared with Bach and even Handel, he was Baroque music's arch progressive. Though not as familiar as his concerti, Vivaldi's stage and choral music is still of value; his sometimes bouncy, sometimes lyrical Gloria in D major (1708) has remained a perennial favorite. His operas were widely performed in his own time. Details regarding Vivaldi's early life are few. His father was a violinist in the Catherdral of Venice's orchestra and probably Antonio's first teacher. There is much speculation about other teachers, such as Corelli, but no evidence to support this. Vivaldi studied for the priesthood as a young man and was ordained in 1703. He was known for much of his career as "il prete rosso" (the red-haired priest), but soon after his ordination he declined to take on his ecclesiastical duties. Later in life he cited ill health as the reason, but other motivations have been proposed; perhaps Vivaldi simply wanted to explore new opportunties as a composer. It didn't take him long. Landing a job as a violin teacher at a girls' orphanage in Venice (where he would work in one capacity or another during several stretches of his life), he published a set of trio sonatas and another of violin sonatas. Word of his abilities spread around Europe, and in 1711 an Amsterdam publisher brought out, under the title L'estro armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), a set of Vivaldi's concertos for one or more violins with orchestra. These were best sellers (it was this group of concertos that spurred Bach's transcriptions), and Vivaldi followed them up with several more equally successful concerto sets. Perhaps the most prolific of all the great European composers, he once boasted that he could compose a concerto faster than a copyist could ready the individual parts for the players in the orchestra. He began to compose operas, worked from 1718 to 1720 in the court of the German principality of Hessen-Darmstadt, and traveled in Austria and perhaps Bohemia. Throughout his career, he had his choice of commissions from nobility and the highest members of society, the ability to use the best performers, and enough business savvy to try to control the publication of his works, although due to his popularity, many were published without his consent. Later in life Vivaldi was plagued by rumors of a sexual liaison with one of his vocal students, and he was censured by ecclesiastical authorities. His Italian career on the rocks, he headed for Vienna. He died there and was buried as a pauper in 1741, although at the height of his career his publications had earned a comfortable living. « hide

Similar Bands: Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, Arcangelo Corelli, Carlos Seixas, Giuseppe Tartini

LPs
6 Cello Sonatas
1740

3.8
2 Votes
Gloria, RV 589
1736

3.3
13 Votes
Lute Concerto in D major RV 93
1730

Six Concertos, Op. 11
1729

4.5
2 Votes
Six Violin Concertos, Op. 12
1729

Cello Concertos
1729

4
18 Votes
Six Flute Concertos, Op. 10
1728

4.1
17 Votes
La cetra, Op. 9
1727

Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425
1725

4.2
5 Votes
The Four Seasons
1725

4.5
280 Votes
Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Op.8
1725

4.7
3 Votes
6 Concerti, Op.6
1719

4
1 Votes
Twelve Concertos, Op. 7
1717

La stravaganza, Op.4
1716

4
3 Votes
Six Violin Sonatas, Op. 5
1716

L'estro armonico, Op.3
1711

4.3
4 Votes
Twelve Violin Sonatas, Op. 2
1709

4.3
2 Votes
Twelve Trio Sonatas, Op. 1
1705

3.5
1 Votes
Concerto for the Prince of Poland


3
3 Votes
EPs
Concerto per l'orchestra di Dresda, in G-, RV577
1742

4.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Very Best of Vivaldi
2005

4
3 Votes
Best Of Vivaldi Classical Masterpieces
1999

4.5
2 Votes
Violin Concertos
1713

4.2
3 Votes

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