In 1725 at 47 years of age Vivaldi produced the Four Seasons. Today’s Mandolin concerto is often accompanied with the 4 violin concertos which gives musical expression to a season of the year. The work is one of the most famous mandolin pieces and has been transcribed for guitar. I remember it most from the 1979 film Kramer vs Kramer.
It is a cheerful, animated piece which lasts just less than 3 minutes. Many of his compositions are flamboyantly exuberant. It is the only solo mandolin concerto out of the hundreds of concertos Vivaldi composed. The mandolin was essentially the instrument of amateur musicians in the early to mid 18th century.
Antonio Vivaldi had a few feathers in his cap; he was a Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest. His influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe, giving origin to many imitators and admirers. Johann Sebastian Bach was deeply influenced by Vivaldi’s concertos and arias.