About Antonio Vivaldi
As violinist, composer, and conductor, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was the dominant figure in Venetian instrumental music in the early 1700s. Leader of the expert, all-female orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà convent from 1703, Vivaldi was extraordinarily productive in a limited number of forms -- concerto (in which he was a major influence), sinfonia, chamber sonata, sacred vocal music, and opera. His most famous works are the violin concerto cycle The Four Seasons and his Gloria in D major; altogether he composed more than 800 works. Vivaldi lost his post at the Ospedale around 1737 owing to scandal and died in Vienna.
BORNMarch 4, 1678