Buon Compleanno, Padre

In the tradition of my profiling famous birthdays (like this and that), today is the 332nd birthday of Italian composer, priest, and violin virtuoso Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741).  Most famous for The Four Seasons (1723), a series of violin concerti, Vivaldi composed more than 500 concerti and sacred works and over 40 operas.

Although well-received in life, the works of il Prete Rosso fell into decline after his death, only being rediscovered in the early 20th century.

To read more about Msgr. Vivaldi, let me suggest Wikipedia’s excellent article (from which, admittedly, I borrowed some details).