Antonio Vivaldi

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Born: 4 March 1678 — Venezia — Italy
Died: 28 July 1741 — Wien — Austria
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Hey I am doing a project on Vivaldi and i need some information can any of you help me out??

[by “Anonymous” on 2011-04-07 08:28:46]

the more I listen to his masterpieces,the more I love this god.

[by “Anonymous” on 2011-01-13 23:40:29]
Pure Genius!

Vivaldi was an absolute genius! I don't care what he looked like, it's his music that makes him attractive!
I've been learning the violin since I was 4 and Vivaldi has always been one of my favourite composers, I don't care what my heavy metal loveing highschool friends think.
Absolutely adore his concerto for four violins!
As a 16 year old composer that struggles to come up with anything that sounds decent, I have to admire composers like Vivaldi.
I believe I am starting to ramble now.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-11-02 19:26:54]
It's the hair

I'm sure if someone took a picture of you and people a few hundred years from now saw it they would say the same about you. Back then, with the wigs, it was the bigger the better, more powerful, and supreme.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-10-26 09:33:37]

Most of people in this forum are very jealous. I do not know much about music but it is hard to compose a piece. However I have ability to recognize one performance

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-08-24 12:02:59]
mistake after mistake

i read some of the seems people like to see the red wig and comment on it!ithink he is not as strong and complicated as beethoven,but his works are full of life,love,passion, will love life after hearing them.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-08-17 23:50:07]
so what

he may look like a girl with the wig on, but you have to remember that was the style. Most men looked like women with the wigs. The big deal is his music and he was the best. His musical genuis brought new ways of thinking, it helped people feel, and most of all it was a way to express himself. It was his outlet his legacy. Antonoi Vivaldi was one of the best musical genuises this world will ever know.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-04-27 07:22:21]

Vivaldi looks like a girl when wearing a wig. So what? Vivaldi was a musical genius. Like anyone is better than him at playing violin (i.d.k. if there is or not). Vivaldi was and still is, a genius, and that's a fact. Even though he is dead, his compositions, his operas, and other works of music are listened to by many. He is a work of legend.

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-04-15 19:11:31]

He only looks like a girls because he is wearing a wig.!!!!!1

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-03-31 13:59:19]

i like his composition of Four Seasons. its really nice

[by “Anonymous” on 2010-03-16 19:33:44]

I'm a music historian and writer who's been researching Vivaldi for the past 10 years. Vivaldi WAS handsome, in a somewhat androgynous way, as pointed out another commentator, and got along well with girls and women. However he was a devout priest and adhered to his vows of celibacy. He did not normally wear a wig, except on very formal occasions, such as for the portrait seen above, which was probably painted around the time of his ordination into the priesthood, at age 25.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-11-20 21:32:15]

I went to a performance where they played the Gloria it was pretty good. I'm not a fan of the organ or choir really but the strings were good and it was pretty interesting.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-11-07 13:24:03]

his Gloria features a bunch of female solos written especially for his proteges at the Ospedale.

also, d.y.k. that Vivaldi wasn't rediscovered until the early 1800s?

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-10-25 19:56:23]

I am about to sing his Magnificat - this is so different to the more famous Gloria - can't wait.

[by “Wendyp52 ” on 2009-10-25 18:08:26]

vivaldi's music is really good. my nan loves his work, she listens to it all the time. i think he is really good too.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-10-20 22:23:16]
Back in the day

I remember when opinions were valued and cherished. Now it takes me several hours to type out a reply to vulgar and inane comments made by todays youth. I pity you, for you obviously can not understand genius when you see it- it's not your fault, you can not help it.

I feel as if I have become almost as rude as those above me, and for that I apologise.

Vivaldi would have- as to take some of todays youths words- pwned u n00bs!

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-10-18 20:25:18]
Vivaldi book for teens

I've also loved Vivaldi's music since I was 4. And learning more about him as a person has made me love and appreciate his music even more. A really good new book about him for teens and preteens is "The Red Priest's Annina." You guys should check it out.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-07-28 14:23:29]
just voicing opinion

Because you're supposed to use this for an opinion i will. I'm a violinist have been so since i was 4, i plan to play classical music for a career and eventually join the berlin philharmonic orchestra, aside from that i play symphonic and alternative metal i play the drums and guitar i write music for both classical,k Rock, Metal, Orchestra's and etc.. I have to say you can like both Mainstream music and Classical and jazz and whatever, however, if you only take what you're given by radio's and itunes, you'll never live up to what music actually is and besides without classical music, we would never have ever even invented popular music! I also Tak latin dancing classes with my girlfriend as you can see i am very various and flexible, but thats just how you really enjoy it!

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-07-11 00:47:55]
RE: RE: Wow

And to the loser who wrote the RE: Wow, it is possible to get your point across without swearing. And really, this is a public website and young people read it, expecting to get information about a composer.

-by the person who wrote the 'reaction' above as well

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-05-02 17:53:32]

Hey, I'm in grade 9, and even though I don't like all classical music, Vivaldi's stuff isn't bad. I am a huge John Williams fan (he composed music for Star Wars, Indianna Jones, E.T., Jaws, Harry Potter...). Now even though Vivaldi is not my favourite composer, and he is a little creepy with the whole working at an all-girls school, it is important to not just trash him since there are some people here, as we can see, who really look up to him.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-05-02 17:04:55]
What are you guys talking about?

What are you talking about? How could you fall in love with Mozart? I mean Mozart was and still is a good musician but Vivaldi is a true musical genius!!! That is why so many pople look up to him! And i'm not saying that everyone has to love Vivaldi but if you don't like him and say he looks like a girl even though he might look a little like a girl, that doesn't mean that you have to make fun of him! People wore wiggs back then cause that was the style and as you can see things have changed since then. So next time think before you say something really dumb and stupid!!!

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-04-01 23:14:00]

If you become aware of your Astro sign you will discover why you are attracted to specific music, singers, and composers.Vivaldi like Dubussy and Handel were born under a water signs, also Alexander Borodin. Be it writers, music, literature,, we assimilate these entities and become who we are and gravitate towards things that become part of our selves. If you study bio-rhythms you will discover 4 beats to a measure corresponds to a resting heartbeat. Maybe thats why I fell in love with with Mozart at the age of 7. Cheers.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-03-27 11:42:05]
Help Me!!!

Hey! I am a 6th grader and am doing a project on Antonio Vivaldi! Is there anybody out there that can help me?

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-03-27 01:01:50]
Ok then....

You know, some people just don't appreactiate music like they should. It's a huge part of MY life, and I even want to be a music teacher when I grow up. (yes, im only 11, so what?) Vivaldi is a great composer, and right now im trying to get all the sheet music of the four seasons for my flute. I have them all except summer, oddly enough. But i love and adore music, its just my way to escape the world around me, and it kinda ticks me off when people say "omg, like, this music is like, so totally boring, like no ones even singing, omg" I think that music is important in my life, and it should be in others' too.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-03-11 18:06:16]
PS. I agree with Silence.

Dude, I'm also doing a school project on him!
I love his music, the fact that he includes a theme that is recognisable in his works is awesome, it gives them a modern touch.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-03-08 07:22:41]

Dear All,

To be able to make your voice or oppinion heard, please listen to real silence for a while. It will clear your ears from al the noise in your heads, make some space for sound. Then see if you like or do not like what you hear and please enjoy.
Alone in car is an excellent place to listen to classical music if you are not used to it yet, you might be in for a surprise..

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-02-20 11:01:25]

I think he is cool and i am doing a school project on him too and he is very facinating. I think the songs he wrote are great !

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-02-11 17:07:40]
school project

woah man, you guys are a bit too serious. although antonio vivaldi is from the early era of music doesnt mean he has horrible music. i enjoy doing research on him for my school project and i think he is amazing. you guys that think he is horrible and looks like a girl need to grow up and actually learn about him before you start saying stuff like that.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-02-11 08:02:57]

I think that Vivaldi rocks! We are playing his "Four Seasons" for our concert. I like the summer one the best.

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-02-10 17:11:48]
Vivaldi is amazing

I love Vivaldi! I think he is cool. All my music teachers think he's cool. I love listening to the songs he wrote. I say to myself " Wow he is sweet!!!" I wish I was that talented. I play the violin and the piano. Also I love to sing! I am doing a reserch project on him in my school right now. Gotta go. Bye

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-24 16:35:02]
Yes I can help you 8th grader

*Vivaldi Facts*
NickName:Red Haired Priest,Il Pretto Rosso
Instrument:Violins and Cellos
Songs(Most known):The Four Seasons (1725),
Record:Kicked out of church for running out while giving a sermon to wright down Music.
* Also You Might Want To Know*
*Vivaldi composed over 500 concertos(230 for the violin alone) and over 50 operas.
*Grew up in Venensuala Italy
*Vivaldi received his early training from his dad
*Born: March 4 1678 And Died at the age of 63 on July 28 1741
*He wore a wig that was quite a common thing for most composers at that time

use me wisley :)

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-13 18:16:31]

wow you guys are all really serious about this stuff oh and to the person who wrote he wheres a wig IT WAS A COSTOM TO WHERE THAT KIND OF STUFF BACK THEN YOU KNOW!!!!!!>:( srry moodswing there:)

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-12 17:16:53]
RE: Wow

That message was condescending and rude the comments on his wig and hair were relevant and did express some information pertaining to the subject whereas the post titled "Wow" only stated that Vivaldi was a "musical genius". To the author of "Wow", please get off your high horse and go fuck yourself

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-10 13:58:11]
Me Too

Do you go to St. Mary? I do! cool! wait. who are you?

[by “Anonymous” on 2009-01-06 15:27:41]

Hi! I'm in the 8th grade and I'm doing a project on Vivaldi. He is actually really interesting, is there anyone out there who could help me out with some facts about Vivaldi?

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-18 22:16:44]
I think he's cool

I like his music, I like his wig. My friend has red hair, maybe they're related! :-) Sorry about bad speling. I think I'm failing school.

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-17 11:38:18]
let's set the record straight.

Although Vivaldi's more well know pieces include Il quattro stagioni(4 seasons) and his gloria, Vivaldi composed over 500 concertos(230 for the violin alone) and over 50 operas...he was regarded as a mediocre composer, but a brilliant violinist. Most of these concertos were just five finger exercises for his students. his nickname was actually "Il prete rosso" not pretto or pret. his influence on music is massive with the developement of the regular retornello form and his three movement plan. his importance lies above all else in his concertos for their boldness and originality. Vivladi can legitimately be regarded as a most important precursor of sammartinin and the bach sons in the evolution of the classical symphony. equally he can be seen as the harbinger of musical romanticism, not just on the accounts of the pictorialism of certain progmmatic concertos, but in more general terms because of the higher value he put on expression rather than oon perfection of detail.

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-11 09:49:08]

Vivaldi was just a wonderful composer and his hair was fantastic. Also, the person above me should L2Spell

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-10 19:34:14]
I'm smart

Well after reading most of these comments i feel as if i am a genius. Vivaldi wrote some of the most amazing peices of musicand all you care about is what he looked like. Well maybe if you have heard the four seasons music spacifically the summer one I think all of you should be fammiliar with vivaldi. If you dont know the name of it go to youtube and type in vivaldi's four seasons (summer). Most of you should have heard of it before. If you listen to it you will probably be exciteded to reserch about him and find some cool stuff. Just like I was. So get off the tv and go out there and learn about classical music......It is the best music of all!!!

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-09 18:18:39]
Posts moderated

The previous poster is absolutely right. That is why I have removed some of the posts he refers to. They were not relevant at all.

Jos Smeets (webmaster)

[by “admin” on 2008-12-06 04:41:11]

After reading some of the above comments I feel as if my IQ has plummeted 50 points. Vivaldi was a musical genius - regardless of how he looks to the simple-minded proles who have been posting to this thread. Here's an idea - open up your minds to something other than what you get spoon fed on MTV and maybe you'll get a little more enjoyment out of life.

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-06 04:36:10]
priest priest priest

ya he was a priest had red hair and wore a
i only know about him because of a stupid project. and his father was a barber before he became a violinist.
vivladi lived in italy and moved to vieanna because of financial problems

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-04 10:49:26]
Vivaldi wears a wig

In the days of Vivaldi it was fashionable to wear wigs, also for the men. On this picture he also wears a wig. That is also the reason why you don't see Vivaldi's red hair. His nickname "Il Pretto Rosso:, means "the red priest". (Yes, he was priest too!)

[by “admin” on 2008-12-04 01:53:37]

that instrument that looks like a lyre is called a violin..not an acurate picture anyway. Vivaldi had red hair hence the nickname "il pret rosso"

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-12-02 21:51:40]
I think Barry Gibb looks like him...

I think he is rather handsome, quite androgynous. He could be Sappho since he is playing an instrument that probably derived from the lyre.

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-11-27 12:08:47]
He looks like a girl

OMG he looks like a fricken girl. WHy do old dead people always look like girls!!!!!!!!

[by “Anonymous” on 2008-11-20 10:41:30]


(Anonymous contribution)

  • Complete Concerti
    • Opus 1: Sonate da camera
    • Opus 2: Sonatas
    • Opus 3: L’Estro Armonico
    • Opus 4: La Stravaganza
    • Opus 5: Six Violin Sonatas
    • Opus 6: Concerti a cinque stomenti
    • Opus 7: Concerti a cinque stomenti
    • Opus 8: Il Cimento dell’ Armonia e dell’ Invenzione (Includes The Four Seasons)
    • Opus 9: La Cetra
    • Opus 10: Concerti a flauto traverso
    • Opus 11: Concerti a cinque stomenti
    • Opus 12: Concerti a cinque stomenti
    • Opus 13: Il Pastor Fido
    • Opus 14: Six Cello Concertos
  • Violin Sonatas, RV 1-37 (Opus 2 and 5)
  • Cello Sonatas, RV 41-47
  • Flute Sonatas, RV 48-51
  • Oboe Sonata, RV 53
  • Trio Sonatas for two violins and continuo, RV 60-79 (Opus 1)
  • Sonatas for two instuments continuo, RV 80-86
  • Concertos for various combinations of instuments without orchestra, RV 87-108
  • Concertos for viola d’more and orchestra, RV 392-397
  • Concertos for cello and orchestra, RV 398-424
  • Concerto for mandolin and orchestra, RV 425
  • Concertos for recorder and orchestra, RV 441-442
  • Concertos for oboe and orchestra, RV 446- 465
  • Concertos for bassoon and orchestra, RV 466-504
  • Double Concertos, RV 531- 548
  • Concertos for three or more solo instuments and orchestra, RV 549- 580
  • Vocal and Choral Works
    • Gloria in D major, RV 589, Mass
    • Dixit Dominus in D major, RV 594, psalm
    • Beatus vir in G major, RV 597, psalm
    • Magnificat in G minor, RV 610, Mass
    • Juditha Triumphans, RV644, oratorio
    • Il Mopso, RV 691,for 5 voices
    • La Sena Festeggiante, RV 693, serenata for 3 voices
    • Bajazet, RV 703, opera
    • Catone in Utica, RV 705, opera
    • Dorilla in Tempo, RV 709,opera
    • La fida Ninfa, RV 714, opera
    • Giustino, RV 717, opera
    • Griselda, RV 718, opera
    • L’Incoronazione di Dario, RV 719, opera
    • L’Olympiade, RV 725, opera
    • Orlando finto pazzo, RV 727, opera
    • Orlando furioso, RV 728, opera
    • Ottone in villa, RV 729, opera
    • Teuzzone, RV 736, opera
    • Tito Manilo, RV 738, opera
    • La verita in cimento, RV 739, opera

The four seasons

Vivaldi’s most famous work is the four seasons. Nowdays since the Vivaldi revival in the middle of the century, the four seasons have become one of the most popular and recorded classical music pieces. If you want to get a start with Vivaldi the four seasons are a logical and easy place to start.

The four seasons are four concertos for solo violin, first violins, second violins, violas, cellos [basses] and continuo (usually played by harpsicord). These concertos are the first four of Vivaldi’s opus 8, the trial between harmony and invention. The title is suggestive of an artistic statement, the balance between musical logic and inventive creativity.

The four seasons are highly programatic, vivaldi published poems with the works and even had each line of the poems put where the programatic effect is occurring.

The sonnets:


Spring has come, and the brids greet it festivelt with a cheerfull song; And with the breath of the gentle breezes springs trickle with a pleasant murmur. Lightening and thunder, elected to announce it, come and cover the air with a black cloak. Once they are quiet, the birds return to their enchanting song. Then on the pleasant, flowering meadow a goatherd with his faithful dog at his side, sleeps to the sweet murmur of the foiliage and plants. To the festive sound of a rustic bagpipe nymphs and shepherds dance under the beloved canopy at the brilliant appearence of spring.


Under the harsh season ignited by the sun, man and flock languish, and the pines burn; The cuckoo offers his voice and, soon heard, the young turtledove and goldfinch sing. Zepher (west wind) blows gently, but suddenly boreas (north wind) offers opposition to his neighbor; and the shepherd boy weeps, because he fears a severe storm in the offing - and his destiny. The repose of his tired limbs is disturbed by the fear of lightning and fiery thunder, and by a furious swarm of flies and wasps. Unfortunately, his fears are justified. The sky thunders and fuminates, and hail flattens the corn and majestic grains.


The peasant celebrates the blissful pleasure of a happy harvest with dances and songs, and glowing with the liquor of Bacchus, many complete their enjoyment with sleep. The air tempered by pleasure, makes everyone give up dances and songs. It is this season that invites so many to the great enjoyment of a sweet sleep. At dawn the hunters are off to the hunt with horns, rifles, and dogs. The wild beast flees, and they follow its trail. Frightened already, and fatigued by the noise of rifles and dogs, wounded, it threatens languidly to flee, but, overcome, it dies.


To tremble from the cold in the icy snow, in the harsh breath of a horrid wind; to run, stamping our feet every moment, our teeth chattering in the extreme cold. Before the fire to pass peaceful contented days while the rain outside pours down. To walk on the ice and, at a slow pace for fear of falling, move carefully. To make a bold turn, to slip, to fall down. To go on the ice once more and run hard until the ice breaks up. To hear the sirocco, (warm south wind) boreas, and all the winds at war leave their iron gates: this is winter, but, even so, what joy it brings!


(contributed by Wes & Ann Judkins <judkins(at)>)

Vivaldi’s reputation:

Vivaldi in his time was a composer of great inventiveness an pizazz. I his day Vivaldi wowed audiences with his violin virtuosity. Here is a quote by someone who heard Vivaldi play Feb. 4 1715. "Towards the end Vivaldi played a solo accompaniment exellently, and at the conclusion he added a free fancy [improvised cadenza] which absolutely astounded me, for it is hardly possible that anyone has ever played, or ever will play, in such a fashion. He put his fingers but a hair’s breath from the bridge, so that there was scarcely room for the bow, and he did this on all four strings with fuges [i.e. imatations and/or variations] and with incredible speed. Everyone was astounded, but it can hardly be described as captivating, for it was more deftly played than pleasing to the ear." Vivaldi has a very destinct style of composition almost as outragous to his contemporaries as his violin playing. His style was concidered to be excentric and overly energetic by most. But amoung composers such as Johann Quantz and J.S. Bach he was greatly admired. He was widely imitated and had much luck publishing his works. Bach himself transcribed many of Vivaldi’s concertos for keyboard. Vivaldi seemed to have had less success on the opera scene which he entered enthousiastically at a rather early age. Devoting too much time to his unsuccessful operas would be a downfall in Vivaldi’s luck in the public scene an his reputation. Even some of his great supporters an admirers turned on him towards the end of his career. Vivaldi died in 1741; he had lost his fame and fortune and like Mozart was buried in an anonymous pauper’s grave. After his death Vivaldi was forgotten completely till the revival of Bach, where musicologists found Bach’s transcriptions of Vivaldi’s concertos. This sparked an interest and a Vivaldi revival began. Nowdays he is more popular than he was in his own lifetime. Some still doubt the powerful energy and musical contributions that Vivaldi has given the world of music. If they would listen more carefully and look more closely they could not deny the genious of Vivaldi.


Vivaldi’s style is one of sheer energy and vitality, yet he has a cantable side to him. Many of Vivaldi’s fast movements use a ritornello form (A B A C A D A). The A’s are tutti passages usually dealing with the main ritornello theme; the middle ritornello may be modutated or be played a 3rd or a 5th above the original. the other letters indicate solos. Vivaldi’s lyrical and melodic side is virtually unsurpassed. He has a great melodic and rythmic inventiveness. Vivaldi seems to be an advocate of the basso continuo accompaniment. In his compositions Vivaldi shows maturity of another era but the stylistic tendecies are totally baroque. Vivaldi’s music is so stylistically original that in a way it seems he was in his own era. As said before, Vivaldi did not try to do away with basso continuo though in even his earliest concertos he likes to use a variety of accompaniment combinations. In his string concertos he uses combinations of accompaniment such as, one violin, two violins, orchestra violins, violas, all high strings, tasto solos and the whole orchestra. This plus the other elements Vivaldi puts into place make his work endlessly entertaining.


Here I will list Vivaldi’s contributions to music.

  1. Greatly advanced violin technique.
  2. Fathered the present form of the solo concerto.
  3. Established the three-movement concerto form.
  4. Developed the cadenza greatly (may have fathered the written cadenza).
  5. Helped develop solo sonata.
  6. Introduced new bowings and techniques for stringed instruments.
  7. Pushed programmatic music a step further ("The four seasons").
  8. Opened the door for modern instruments by writing many advanced and previously virtuosically unmatched concertos and sonatas for instruments new at the time but now standard.
  9. Spread a more advanced style for the concerto (grosso) across Europe.
  10. Created a new dimension of origanality in spirit of the composer that would be a standard of freedom that composers allowed themselves only match in a later era.

In a reaction Chris Sherbanuk <sherbanukc(at)> wrote:

[...] I don’t know If I can accept Vivadli’s involvement in opera as the sole reason for his downfall, but perhaps instead, it was his apparent need to sustain to musical genres simultaneously, namely opera and concerto. Also, Vivaldi’s operas were very well received in their day, and "the theatres of Venice staged more works of his than of any other composer" (Grout and Palsica; A History of ' Western Music, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1988). Nevertheless, it would seem that Vivaldi could not satisfy both compositional directions (or be loyal to both) and made things difficult for the composer, eventually causing him to fall out of favor with his public; even the governors at the Pieta began to doubt him, and he even had to acquire special permission to continue composing operas. It is true that Vivaldi was admired by composers like Bach (although the later tended to regard Vivaldi’s work as deficient). Still though, Bach owes to Vivaldi a tremendous debt, since Antonio was an important influence in Bach’s growth as a composer.


Les and Ann wrote: "Vivaldi seemed to have had less success on the opera scene, which he entered enthusiastically at an early age."
Actually, Vivaldi was nearly forty when his first opera "Ottone in Villa" was staged in Vicenza in 1713. Vivaldi is known chiefly as a composer of concerto. Until recent years, his operas were rarely performed. Thanks to some diligent detective work by the Turin library, many lost manuscripts have been recovered, providing insight into the composer’s operatic activities. Part of the Vivaldian revival has been a tendency on the part of listeners to acquire various recordings, and an interest on the part of performers to produce such recordings. For instance, in 1994, The Brandenburg Consort gathered with conductor Roy Goodman and soprano Emma Kirkby to record a CD of Vivaldi’s "Opera Arias and Sinfonias." Vivaldi’s activitie’s in the opera world cannont be understated; Walter Kolneder, a prominent Vivaldian scholar calls the world of opera "that place where Vivaldi entered into and found fulfillment." Furthermore, Vivaldi was no stranger to the operatic stage. His father apparently, spent most of his adult life in the theatre. Again, it was not Vivaldi’s late arrival (age 38) in opera that made things difficult, but rather his need to sustain two genres at the same time. As the composer began devoting more and more time to his operas, questions of legality came into play, and critics noticed a decline in the quality of his concertos; the governors at the Pietta were concerned that Vivaldi was spending too much time on opera composition, and made them feel that perhaps Vivaldi could not entirely fulfill his other, more pressing obligations; Vivaldi was composer, teacher, musical superintendant, orchestra supervisor, etc.
"Vivaldi was widely admired"
"and had much luck in publishing his works"
Uh, not exactly. Because composers are often judged by their publishing activities, publishing is usualy considered a universally desirable goal. Not true in Vivaldi’s case. In actuality, less than a third of all of his works ever found their way to a publisher. Composer Arcangello Corelli had better luck than Vivaldi, but then again, Vivaldi never really had to worry about reaching a widespread audience. Vivaldi travelled extensively, and his reputation as a virtuoso violinist spoke for itself. It wasn’t until the last years of his life, as his importance begann to diminish, that Vivaldi considered publishing, trying desperately to breath new life into his failing career. The Cello Sonatas, Opus 14 were some of the last works to be published.

Wes & Ann Judkins in response to Chris Shorbanuk’s reaction:

Vivaldi really did have much luck as a published composer because though less than one third of his works were published, these works (notably opus 3. concerti) enjoyed great popular success, wide distribution and wide and profound influence on the musical world. Few composers have a majority of their works published during their lifetimes, so the success cannot be measured much in this way. And true that Corelli got everything published that he wrote, his luck was not any better than Vivaldi’s. One reason is because Corelli only wrote 48 short trio sonatas, six violin sonatas and 12 concerti grossi (published by a pupil after his death). Thus I would say Vivaldi deserves a title as a successful publisher of his music during his lifetime.

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