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Antonio Vivaldi Essay

  • Submitted by: tohaunt
  • on December 14, 2008
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 389 words

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Antonio Vivaldi was the most prolific composer of eighteenth century in

Venice, Italy. His works and the styles he used were and are used as models f

or the works of his contemporaries continuing through the composers of the

nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Much of his life, thrity-seven years, was

spent as a composer, violin teacher, conductor, and violin virtuoso at the

Pietà asylum for orphaned young women and girls.It soon became apparent

from Vivaldi's lack of involvement and enthusiasm that he wanted to be more

of the musician than the priest. His heart was drawn to salvation

through music, which is why he was not recognized as a priest, except for the

flaming red hair, which gave him the nickname "the red priest.

Vivaldi starts to spread his wings a bit and finds himself composing for the

well-known San Angelo theatre. He composed eighteen operas for this theater

in 1715 alone! He did not forget the Pietà, though. He continued to compose

two oratorios for the orphans entitled, Moyses Deus Pharaonis and Juditha

truimphans. As long as they were paying for him he would continue

composing for them.

In 1715, Vivaldi had written and composed eighteen operas for the San

Angelo theatre all in the same year.

During these years Vivaldi was also extremely active in the field of concertos.

In 1725 the publication Il Cimento dell' Armenia e dell'invenzione (The trial

of harmony and invention), appeared in Amsterdam. This consisted of twelve

concertos, seven of which were descriptive: The Four Seasons, Storm at Sea

Pleasure and The Hunt. Vivaldi transformed the tradition of descriptive

music into a typically Italian musical style with its unmistakable timbre in

which the strings play a major role.

Vivaldi's life, like those of many composers of the time, ended in financial
difficulties. His compositions no longer held the high esteem they once did in...

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