Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Cello

"Among the first to write music for cello was the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi of Venice (1678–1741), who is probably most famous for his work The Four Seasons, still a concert staple of the string orchestra. While he composed hundreds of works for the violin, he also wrote twenty-seven pieces that highlighted the beauty of the cello. He wrote these in particular for the young ladies of the Ospedale della Pietà, the convent, orphanage, and music school where Vivaldi, a Catholic priest, taught."
(page 35, Kindle Edition)

Here's some more information on the Ospedale della Pietà.
- Vivaldi and the Ospedale della Pieta
- Orphans and Musicians in Venice
- Ospedale della Pieta
- The Four Seasons: Vivaldi and the Pieta

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