Composer of the Week: Vivaldi

Celebrating the life and music of Vivaldi as part of Baroque Spring

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:00


In the first episode of the week of programmes on the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Donald Macleod explores the composer’s relationship with his hometown of Venice.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is known to have said, ‘When I search for a word to replace that of music, I can think only of Venice.’ It was in this musical city – during an earthquake, no less – that the prolific baroque composer and performer was born.

A violinist at St Mark’s, teacher, and composer for festivals, services and the Carnival, Vivaldi was a central figure in Venice’s music scene.