Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Fondamenta del Dose, 5879, Vivaldi's house in Venice
I have walked past the building on numerous occasions. It lies in one of my favourite corners of the city, directly opposite the Arco dell'Paradiso, and a stone's throw from Campo Santa Maria Formosa.

I had always noticed the carving of the head above the doorway, but it was not until recently that I discovered that Fondamenta del Dose, 5879, was once the home of Venice's most famous musical son. And what is more, it was while he was living there (1722-30) that he published, what have become, some of the most famous pieces of classical music in the world. 
Vivaldi's house, Fondamenta del Dose, 5879, Venice
I am, of course, referring to Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons), which form part of a larger work, Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione (The Contest between Harmony and Invention), Opus 8, which Antonio Vivaldi published in 1725. 


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