Sunday, October 02, 2011

Interrupted Mass – Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Because of his red hair, famous Venetian Baroque composer and priest Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was nicknamed The Red Priest (il Prete Rosso).

Although he managed successfully to balance his occupations, as a priest and as a musician, on one occasion Vivaldi found himself before the ecclesiastical court.


Because he felt a sudden wave of inspiration while holding a Mass, and he interrupted it and went to take a paper and a pen.  At the dismay of other priests and believers who came to attend mass, he had to immediately write down his musical thoughts.

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