Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)

The Red Priest

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of Silence.”

On this day, in the year 1678, was born the brilliant Violinist and Baroque-era Composer: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, in the Italian city of Venice.

His father (a barber and a virtuoso Violinist himself) had helped him in trying a career in Music and also by entering him in the Cappella di San Marco Orchestra, where he was a well-reknowned Violinist.

In 1703 Vivaldi was ordained as a priest, soon nicknamed Il Prete Rosso – “The Red Priest” because of his bright red hair.

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