The classic Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldo was born on the 4th of March 1978 in Venice, Italy. Giovanni Battista Vivaldi and Camilla Calicchio was Antonio’s parents. He was raised with his siblings Margarita Gabriela, Francesco Gaetano, Cecilia Maria, Zanetta Anna and Bonaventura Tomaso. His father was a former barber then became a professional violinist. His father then taught Antonio how to play a violin. The two bonded well touring all over Venice playing their violin together.
When his father taught him to play violin, another great man mentored him composing. This man was Giovanni Legrenzi. Legrenzi was a Baroque composer and he was St. Mark Basilica’s maestro di cappella. At the age of thirteen, Antonio’s composition showed Legrenzi’s style.
Antonio suffered health issues related to asthma. It may hinder Antonio from playing wind instruments but it did not stop him from playing his violin, composing songs and participating in other musical activities. At the age of fifteen, Antonio started his journey of becoming a priest.
Ten years later, at the age of twenty five, he was ordained and began to be known as “The Red Priest”. But due to his health conditions, he was withheld from priestly duties but remained priest. September of the same year, Antonio became the “master of violin at Devout Hospital of Mercy, an orphanage in Venice. He was greatly known being an exceptional composer, but his talent in playing violin was also extraordinary. Antonio then worked at Ospedale dell Pieta. The institution was intended to educate and help children who were orphaned or abandoned. The institution was funded by the Republic. The boys were taught how to trade then released at the age of fifteen. Meanwhile, the girls were taught musical education. Those who were talented stayed and took part of orchestra and choir of Ospedale. As Antonio gained the interest of children in music, he composed more for concertos and sacred vocal music for them. He has something to be performed by a soloist, some for duets, and some for the whole orchestra. He taught the students music theory and introduced them to different instruments. Unfortunately, the board of the institution had to vote every year which teacher will stay or not and Antonio was voted out. The institution experienced the effect of Antonio leaving, his work is simply done with excellence, and now that he is gone, they see his value. Two years later, he was called back and five years more he was promoted as the music director.
Antonio was great composer, teacher, violinist and cleric.
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