Sunday, August 24, 2008


Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) worked in his young life at the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for young women in Venice. He taught them to play the violin and composed hundreds of concertos for them to play. This is the church Santa Maria della Pietà where these concertos were performed.

This is the door where the babies were dropped off. It is still an active orphanage.

This is where the orphans play.

It will transform your feeling for Vivaldi if you imagine an orchestra of adolescent girls playing.

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