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Though not known for certain, the child's immediate baptism was most likely due either to his poor health or to an earthquake that shook the city that day.In the trauma of the earthquake, Vivaldi's mother may have dedicated him to the priesthood.Vivaldi had eight siblings: Iseppo Santo Vivaldi, Iseppo Gaetano Vivaldi, Bonaventura Tomaso Vivaldi, Margarita Gabriela Vivaldi, Cecilia Maria Vivaldi , Gerolama Michela Vivaldi, Francesco Gaetano Vivaldi, and Zanetta Anna Vivaldi.

Antonio was probably taught at an early age, judging by the extensive musical knowledge he had acquired by the age of 24, when he started working at the Ospedale della Pietà.

The president of the Sovvegno was Giovanni Legrenzi, an early Baroque composer and the maestro di cappella at St Mark's Basilica.

It is possible that Legrenzi gave the young Antonio his first lessons in composition.

The Luxembourg scholar Walter Kolneder has discerned the influence of Legrenzi's style in Vivaldi's early liturgical work Laetatus sum (RV Anh 31), written in 1691 at the age of thirteen.

Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric.

Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe.He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas.His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740.Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna.After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment.