Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is one of the most important Italian composers of the Baroque.
At the age of 25 Antonio Vivaldi was ordained priest, but had to give up his profession after a few years for health reasons. At an orphanage for girls in Venice he earned his living as a teacher for violin, cello and viola d’amore. When he took over the direction of the orchestra there in 1719, he led it to national fame and attracted visitors from all over Europe.
In this context, the Venetian composed most of his violin concertos, including the world-famous Four seasons / Le quattro stagioni. Vivaldi also tried his hand at composing operas. However, success failed to materialize, so he probably left Venice in 1740 to try his luck in Vienna instead. He died there only 10 months after his arrival.
The work of Vivaldi was forgotten for a long time after his death. It was not until 1926 that research began, after 75 psalm settings, motets or solo cantatas were successively found.