Composer of the Week: Vivaldi
Celebrating the life and music of Vivaldi as part of Baroque Spring
- Article Type: | TV and Radio |
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.