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He was famous and feted during his lifetime and his music was performed and plagiarized throughout Europe But soon after his death or even a little before he passed into a state of neglect that seemed final His works disappeared from concert program and even in his own country his name was omitted from the gazettes histories and biographical dictionaries A century elapsed Then in Germany came the rediscovery of Johann Sebastian Bach who had been the victim of a similar fate except that he had known neither so resounding a success nor so complete repudiation A small group of the faithful had kept the flame going until the memorable year 1829 In that year Mendelssohn presented Bach to a wider public by conducting the Passion according to St Matthew That performance marks the beginning of the movement that has resulted in the present worship of Bach Hatch 13 Who was this man that J S Bach honored Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on March 4th 1678 He started to learn how to play violin at an early age being taught by his father Immediately he showed great promise and later become one of the most celebrated violinistcomposer ever to have lived At the age of fifteen he started his training for the priesthood which took almost ten years to complete and when finally he had become a full fledged priest in 1703 he promptly decided to give up saying mass on the rather spurious grounds of ill health Apparently it was not uncommon for him to leave a service in mid-celebration complaining of chest pains only to rush out and scribble down a new tune for a concerto Although Vivaldis main priorities were writing and performing music he retained an almost life-long association with one of the major charitable institutions in Venice that was concerned with looking after and educating young orphaned girls - of which there were literally hundreds in Venice at
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