Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Vivaldis in:
 • Vienna University of Technology
 • Vienna
 • Wien Stadt
 • Vienna (Wien)
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Antonio Vivaldi
Birth: Mar. 4, 1678
Cittą Metropolitana di Venezia
Veneto, Italy
Death: Jul. 28, 1741
Wien Stadt
Vienna (Wien), Austria

Composer and Violinist. His suite "The Four Seasons" (1723) is one of the best-loved pieces in all Baroque music. An early example of a tone poem, a form later favored by the Romantics, it effectively captures the moods of the seasons even without the benefit of percussion. Vivaldi's music is typically popular in spirit, warm and inviting in its melody, and often imaginative in its scoring. Of his many other compositions the most familiar are probably the 12 concertos that form the collection "L'estro armonico" (1711) and the "Gloria" (1726). Vivaldi was born in Venice. As a child he showed a remarkable aptitude for music, but was trained for the priesthood and ordained in 1703. Shortly afterwards he stopped saying Mass. He claimed it was because of a chest ailment; his enemies asserted that he would dash from the altar to scribble down musical ideas. Either for this reason or because of his strawberry blonde hair, he was nicknamed "Il Prete Rosso" ("The Red Priest"). Also in 1703 he was appointed to the music faculty of the Ospedale della Pieta, a Venetian girls' orphanage, which remained his base for most of his life. Vivaldi's priesthood did not interfere with his love life, especially his affair with singer Anna Giraud, a pupil who travelled with him throughout Italy; the two were once barred from entering the city of Ferrara because it was feared their presence would create a scandal. Publication of Vivaldi's music spread his fame to northern Europe and influenced a number of composers, notably J. S. Bach, who transcribed several of the Italian's violin concertos for the keyboard. His massive output eventually totalled some 550 concertos (230 for violin), 46 operas (nearly all of them now lost), and scores of sonatas, sinfonias, and sacred pieces. But by the late 1730's his popularity had declined and he slipped into poverty. In 1741 Vivaldi went to Vienna hoping to secure a lucrative post from Charles VI, who was a great fan of his music, but the monarch died before granting him an audience. Alone and destitute, Vivaldi succumbed to a heart attack and was buried, that same day, in an unmarked grave at Vienna's Spitaller Gottsacker. This cemetery was abandoned in 1783, and the Vienna University of Technology was built on the grounds in 1818. Vivaldi's music was almost completely forgotten until 1939, when Alfredo Casella, an Italian composer-conductor, launched a week-long festival featuring "The Four Seasons." Not everyone was thrilled with the revival. Igor Stravinsky allegedly remarked, "Vivaldi did not write 500 concertos, he wrote the same concerto 500 times," but this has been a minority opinion. In 1978, on the 300th anniversary of his birth, a plaque was installed at Vienna Tech to indicate Vivaldi's long-lost gravesite. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
Vienna University of Technology
Wien Stadt
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Plot: Near St. Charles Church
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 22, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8268
Antonio Vivaldi
Added by: Bobb Edwards
Antonio Vivaldi
Added by: Frantisek Zboray
Antonio Vivaldi
Added by: Frantisek Zboray
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- runawayuniverse
 Added: Dec. 13, 2016

- Luca Bonini
 Added: Jul. 28, 2016
 Added: Jul. 28, 2016
There are 334 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.8 after 145 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service