Composer of the Week: Vivaldi
Celebrating the life and music of Vivaldi as part of Baroque Spring
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.