Learn all about some great Italian composers! Here is a wonderful collection of resources for learning all about Vivaldi and Rossini. With each composer, there are free printable resources that will help your child learn all about these composers from Italy. Learn in a fun way with printable biographies, word search worksheets, writing assignments, printable sheet music, and homeschool lesson plans. Best of all, these resources are all free!
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Italian Baroque Era Composer
Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy. Antonio’s father, Giovanni Battista, a barber before becoming a violinist, taught young Antonio to play the violin and then toured Venice playing the violin with him. At the age of 15, Antonio began training to become a priest. At the age of 25, he was ordained a priest and soon after became known as the II Prete Rosso, “The Red Priest”, because of his red hair. Due to his health, he left the priesthood in 1703 after only 3 years. But he was still able to pursue a career in music.
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Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Antonio Vivaldi
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) Italian Romantic Era Composer
Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy on February 29, 1792 into a family of musicians. Gioachino’s parents began his musical training at a young age. At the age of six, he was playing the triangle in his father’s band. Antonio’s father made a bad choice and had to go to jail. His mother, as a result, decided to move her family to Bologna to support them as an opera singer. As a child, Antonio performed as an apprentice opera performer, and later entered the Conservatory of Bolonga to study cello and composition. Because he was so taken by the music of Mozart his classmates referred to him as “the little German.”
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Overture to William Tell for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Barber of Seville for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Overture to William Tell for Easy Clarinet Solo
Overture to William Tell for Easy Trumpet Solo
Write a few paragraphs on Gioachino Antonio Rossini that includes facts about his life, music, and culture. Then allow your child to be creative in their response to the YouTube Video clip.
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Watch a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture on YouTube.com.
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