By: Alexis Fallin Antonio Vivaldi born in Venice on March 4th, 1678. Father: Giovanni Battista Vivaldi And Mother: Camilla Calicchio Vivaldi had five siblings: Margarita Gabriela, Cecilia Maria, Bonaventura Tomaso,.Zanetta Anna, and Francesco Gaetano 3 Types of Compositions 1 Twelve sonatas for two violins and basso continuo 1705 2 Twelve sonatas for violin and basso continuo 1709 3 L'estro Armonico (Harmonic Inspiration), twelve concertos for various combinations. Best known concerti are no. 6 in A minor for violin, no. 8 in A minor for two violins and no. 10 in B minor for four violins 1711 4 La stravaganza (The Extraordinary), twelve violin concertos . The solo concerto, however, has remained a vital musical force from its inception to this day. Video and Song/Spring http://youtu.be/SUf5v0VySw0 Given the difficulties of travel and communication two centuries ago, it might easily be assumed that composers would know relatively little of other composers and other countries. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Travel by stage-coach may have been lengthy, and probably only for the well-to-do. But the many post-coach monuments still to be found in Germany, with their journey timings between towns precise down to one-eighth of an hour attest to the high degree of organization and reliability in this mode of travel. Music-making was highly prized by many of the princely and kingly courts, and leading musicians would often be financed for their journeys to bring back the latest styles and compositions. During the first half of the 1700s, German music adopted the Italian forms of the concerto and sonata, and with them, much of the Italian baroque "vocabulary" together with the latest Italian compositions .