March the 4th,1678 –  Antonio Vivaldi’s birthday


I’ve chosen March the 4th and Antonio Vivaldi because it seems important to me to try keeping the culture and values alive, to preserve them. Probably, there are young people who are reading my blog and I think that, if they don’t have musical studies, they don’t know much about Vivaldi or other personalities. They will learn something from my blog and they will enjoy this experience. At the end of this article you will find a video with David Garrett and his song “Summer”. He is a special guy from my point of view.

In Romania, there is only one class of music per week and pupils don’t learn the history of music, the personalities, they don’t listen classical music, they don’t know the true value of music. They learn musical notes and measures, how to write them on a stave, but those that are not interested in music, will forget them quickly and will never use them. The music class becomes useless and boring for them. Pupils should have general knowledge in different areas: music, science, painting, sport, history, geography, etc. But let’s get back to our subject. Anyway, I am speaking in vain about this subject 🙁

Antonio Vivaldi, the most important Italian composer at the end of Baroque period, a music of Venetian baroque. He was an excellent violinist, his best known work – the concertos called “The Four Seasons”. He published over 500 concerts, most of them for violin. He was an excellent violinist.

It was the first  (the inventor) who used “ritornello” form (little return). His concerts are full of energy, passion, simple dramatic effects, instrumental color and  influenced many composers in the late period of baroque. There are only few words about Vivaldi and his work. I don’t want to bore you, so, if you are interested in this subject, you’ll find more information in many articles on the Internet.

Garrett Morgan

An Afro-American inventor, born on March the 4th, he is one of the first inventors of the three light warning system, he filed a patent for traffic control device having a third “warning” position in 1922.

He invented a safety hood smoke protection device with a wet sponge to filter out smoke and cool the air and a series of tubes to draw clean air off the lowest level the tubes could extend to. The device provided the user with a way to perform emergency respiration. He filed for a patent on the device in 1912. In 1916 he used several safety hoods to rescue the lives of the workers in a tunnel under Erie Lake (a natural gas explosion had been taken place, followed by a fire).

He also made a cream to straighten the hair  using a liquid that gave sewing machine needles a high polish that prevented the needle from scorching fabric as it sewed. He launched his own hair refining company to market it.

And, because I don’t want to bore you too much, I’ve mentioned only the important inventions, if you want to know more details, you can find them on the internet. And one more thing, he is credited as the first Afro-American in Cleveland to own an automobile.

And, as I promised,  David Garrett – Summer by Antonio Vivaldi. 🙂 Enjoy! 🙂

you can also find this kind of articles in the category interesting birthdays 🙂

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