Friday, March 5, 2010

Violin and Vivaldi of Venice - Victorious Opera Player

On March 4th I saw in Google Home page about Antonio the famous Violinist as logo. Whenever we see violin we can only say Vivaldi.  I collected the following information about him from the net. 
Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 – July 28, 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest"), was a Venetian Baroque composer, priest and famous virtuoso violinist. He was born and raised in the Republic of Venice. The four seasons, a popular series of four violin concerts is his best-known work. His other compositions include over 500 instrumental concertos, sacred choral works and over 40 operas. Well received during his lifetime, Vivaldi's music went into a decline until it was rediscovered in the first half of the 20th century. Vivaldi's music is popular with modern audiences. During this period Vivaldi wrote the Four Seasons, four violin concertos depicting scenes appropriate for each season. Vivaldi was influential in the transition from baroque music to the classical style. 
Vivaldi wrote more than 500 other concertos. About 350 of these are for solo instrument and strings, of which 230 are for violin, the others being for bassoon, cello, oboe, flute, viola d'amore, recorder, lute, or mandolin. About 40 are for two instruments and strings, and about 30 are for three or more instruments and strings. As well as about 46 operas, Vivaldi composed a large body of sacred choral music. Other works include sinfonias, about 90 sonatas, and chamber music. The music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Corelli, has been included in the theories of Alfred Tomatis, the effects of music on human behaviour and used in Music Therapy.