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Composer Antonio Vivaldi's 332nd Birthday Today
Today is the 332nd birthday of revered Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, most famous for his 1723 composition The Four Seasons, a violin 'concerti'.
Vivaldi was writer of nearly 500 concertos of various types, composing at least 50 operas and a plethora of other vocal and instrumental pieces.
His work has been described as one of the strongest influences on the development of modern violin technique, being a primary influence on Johann Sebastian Bach.
While a prolific composer, Vivaldi was also an incredibly talented technical violinist having been trained by his professional violinist father.
In 1703, at the age of 25 Vivaldi was ordained as a priest, having begun his initial training in 1693, aged just 15.
It was this training, alongside his bright red hair, that gave Vivaldi is nickname Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest).
Like Mozart, Vivaldi died in abject poverty in 1741, being buried in an unmarked grave.
The Italian composer is being honoured by Google in a special Google Doodle on the search engine's homepage.
Vivaldi's birthday now joins the rank of significant people celebrated on Google's front page, such as Sir Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi, Andy Warhol and Louis Braille.Posted on 4 Mar 2010 12:15 to category : Music News
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