Antonio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 -- 28 July 1741) was an Italian composer and violinist from the [[BaroqueMusic Baroque era]].
He is perhaps best known for a set of four violin concertos called the ''The Four Seasons''.
Vivaldi began his career as a Catholic priest and a tutor of music in a school for girls in Venice. He was referred to as 'The Red Priest' for his [[FieryRedhead red hair]]. He was banned from officiating at religious services and nearly declared insane after he excused himself during the middle of a service, at which he was officiating, to write down a few bars of music that just occurred to him.