8. Vivaldi - ANTONIO VIVALDI Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741 ),...

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Unformatted text preview: ANTONIO VIVALDI Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741 ), a towering figure of the late Italian baroque , was born in Venice; his father was a violinist at St. Mark's Cathedral. He was one of nine children, of whom Antonio was the eldest, None of Antonio's brothers and sisters became musicians. Along with his musical training, Vivaldi prepared for the priesthood . He took holy orders at the age of about twenty-five, but poor health caused him to leave the ministry after a year. A few years after his ordination (probably in late 1706) he ceased for good to say Mass, thereby sacrificing a useful income as a house priest at the Piet. In 1737, while under censure for conduct unbecoming a priest, he blamed this failure on his ailment Because of his religious background and his red hair, Vivaldi was known as the " red priest ". For most of his life, Vivaldi was a violin teacher, composer, and conductor at the music school of the Pieta , an institution for orphaned or illegitimate girls in Venice....
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8. Vivaldi - ANTONIO VIVALDI Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741 ),...

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