Saturday, March 3, 2012

4th March Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Italian composer, Vivaldi was born on this day centuries ago. While children may struggle with the length of time they do not struggle with the wonderful music that he wrote. The best place to explore his life and works with them is at the website Classics for Kids. There are also books suitable for sharing with very young children. Try I, Vivaldi which is a picture book biography of his life and the newly published Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra which tells the story of how Vivaldi had his masterpieces transcribed by orphan girls that he had trained to be an Invisible Orchestra. Vivaldi had vivid red hair and his parents wanted him to be a priest so there is plenty in his life to interest children besides his musical talent.

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