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What happened on March 4 in Venice

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What happened on March 4 in Venice

According to the Venetian Liturgical Calendar, today is St. Casimir of Krakow’s Day

 

- March 4, 1476: Andrea Vendramin struggles to be elected Doge, due to the recent admission of his family into the patriciate. He distributed much aid to those in need, pardoned prisoners and the opponents who had offended him, and for all this Pope Sixtus IV rewarded him with the Golden Rose, which he handed over to the Treasury of St Mark’s.

 

- March 4, 1678: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, a virtuoso violinist and one of the greatest composers of Baroque music, and author of a repertoire that includes concerts, sonatas and pieces of sacred music, is born in Venice; he is nicknamed "the Red Priest" for being a red-haired priest. Vivaldi contributes to the development of the solo concert, a genre started by Giuseppe Torelli, and to refine the technique of the violin and orchestration, without forgetting the opera. After his death, his work falls into oblivion, but thanks to the musicological research of the 20th century, the name of Vivaldi rises again: his four violin concertos "The four seasons" are well known.

 

- March 4, 1709: a sumptuous Regatta is set up on the Grand Canal, in honor of the visit of the King of Denmark to Venice. There were 6 races: one-oared boats, one-oared gondolas, two-oared boats, two-oared gondolas, four-oared Fisolere and women on two-oared Battelletti da Fassina.

 

- March 4, 1974: for three days, some parts of the mainland are hit by a violent flood, the Marzanego overflows, Cipressina is under water, Ca'Emiliani suffers the greatest damages and many shacks of poor families have to be demolished. The displaced people are first sheltered in two schools, and later they will be given the apartments in Torre 27 of Cita, the newest district of Marghera, built by the Belli company on behalf of INADEL (later INPDAP) between 1968 and 1973, on the land that had housed since 1897 the Alessandro Cita phosphate processing company.

 

 

 

Taken from 'Almanacco di Venezia -1600 anni ab Urbe còndita' by Andrea Gersich and Edoardo Rubini

 

Venice, 4th March 2021

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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