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Why Antonio Vivaldi was called the “red-headed monk” KXan 36 Daily News

Date: March 24, 2023 Time: 08:39:07

It was discovered only in the 20th century.

In the 20th century, the “second birth” of the famous composer took place. Thus, in the 1920s, Alberto Gentili discovered 14 volumes of unknown works by Vivaldi in the sale of handwritten sheet music. Vivaldi’s works also found themselves in the 21st century. In 2012 his lost opera Orlando Furiosa saw the light of day.

suffered from asthma

Vivaldi was born a sickly child. The musician had asthma, due to which he practically could not climb the stairs, he was not physically developed. However, everyone could envy his ability to work. For 63 years of his life, the composer wrote more than 500 concertos, more than 100 sonatas. He also composed symphonies and serenades.

He was the first to compose orchestral concertos.

It was Vivaldi who invented the concertos for orchestra and violin. His favorite instruments were the bassoon, cello, flute, violin and oboe. Sometimes the composer used clarinets, mandolins, lutes, horns, and trumpets. In addition, Vivaldi gave new life to wind instruments, since before they were only used for military marches. For this, conservative musicians did not like it.

Mass interrupted to write a tune he came up with

Vivaldi’s father wanted his son to receive an ecclesiastical order. And so it happened, however, for the future composer, music has always been in the first place. He fascinated her so much that in his youth she even interrupted mass to write down the melody that came to mind. Soon the musician completely left the service. Until the end of his life, he was called the “red-headed monk”, since he did not formally renounce his rank.

died in poverty

Although the composer was quite successful, towards the middle of the 18th century, the public began to consider his music old-fashioned. It was then that he began to have financial problems. In 1728 Emperor Charles IV invited the musician to move to live in Vienna. Unfortunately, the emperor died a few months later. So Vivaldi was left in an unknown city without a penny in his pocket. Soon the entire property of the musician was arrested for debts. The composer’s last years were spent in loneliness and poverty.

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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