Antonio Vivaldi’s Concertos for All Seasons
Happy Birthday to Antonio Vivaldi, “The Red Priest,” as he was called for his auburn hair.
Vivaldi was born in Venice on March 4th, 1678 and died in 1741. He left an incredible body of work, including some 500 concertos, of which the most famous is a set called The Four Seasons, which is actually part of a larger set of 12 concertos published as his Opus 8.
Vivaldi was regarded as an important composer during his lifetime, but his worldwide popularity today, rests on the revival of his works beginning in the middle of the last century, particularly recordings of The Four Seasons, which can be heard on ring-tones, in movies and on TV commercials for salad dressing.
As familiar as they are, there is something undeniably uplifting in these pieces for violin and orchestra, as they provide us with a musical tour through the seasons.
It was with the realization that when Vivaldi’s birthday comes around every year, and that spring is therefore only a couple of weeks away, this music may be a good way to celebrate the composer’s birthday and look forward to the arrival of the new season – and hopefully, better weather in Central Ohio!