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Antonio Vivaldi
BAROQUE COMPOSER
b. 1678 (VENICE, ITALY)
d. 1741 (VIENNA, AUSTRIA)
 - became a priest in 1703
 - nicknamed, “the red priest”
 - Later, he became a music teacher at a girls’ school/orphanage. He wrote lots of music for the
schoolgirls’ concerts.
German composers, including Bach, imitated his music!
 Vivaldi Listening Test
The Four Seasons
(This piece is divided into four movements. At a concert, don’t clap between the movements!)
 Movement One : Spring
 Clues: 1) melody in high notes, steady pulse in low notes; 2) perhaps you’ve heard this on a tv
commercial, or someone’s cell phone ring, etc.
 Movement Four:
Winter
clues: 1) begins soft, steady, icy cold; 2) a very fast, exciting violin solo