The catalogue of classical music is massive. It’s hard to know where to start. As part of this journey into the classical world I’ve decided to immerse myself in a different composer every month. Each week of that month I’ll look at a popular or interesting piece and the story around it. It’ll be their story and my story.
August’s composer is Antonio Vivaldi, the man who composed one of the most performed and most recognisable classical pieces of music, the now iconic Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s life was a rich and varied; uncovering it was like opening a treasure trove. He was a red-haired ordained priest, a virtuoso violinist, a teacher, conductor and musical director of a school of orphaned girls, as well as being a prolific composer of sacred music, operas and classical pieces.