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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Vivaldi's reputation was made and sealed at the Ospedale della Pieta, a Venice orphanage where he had opportunities to demonstrate his skills as composer and director of music. He quickly made the house orchestra a fine performing group, which in turn was able to give premieres of his steady stream of compositions. Donald Macleod tells the story of this remarkable symbiotic relationship.
La Stravaganza: Concerto in G major op4 no3, RV 301