'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
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Antonio Vivaldi was responsible for what many people believe is the most recorded piece of classical music of all time: The Four Seasons. It's all the more remarkable that this work has achieved the success it has, when you consider that Vivaldi's music was hardly played from his death in 1741 through until the middle of the 20th century.
This is all down to a rather strange decision by a nobleman called Count Giacomo Durazzo. He pulled together all of Vivaldi's original works and simply locked them up. In his last will and testament, Durazzo ordered his family to make sure none of this music by Vivaldi should ever be performed or published . After many years, these instructions were overturned and Vivaldi's music was once more heard, some 200 years after his death.