Then & Now 7/28: Vivaldi's Grave
On this date in 1741, the burial of Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi took place in Vienna. Vivaldi’s funeral service was held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral and was attended by six choristers, including the then nine-year old Haydn. Vivaldi’s remains were placed in a simple grave in a cemetery for the poor outside the city, as all cemeteries inside the city wall had been closed on health grounds in 1530.
Vivaldi’s remains were never retrieved or relocated. Vienna’s Technical University was built on the former site of the cemetery, where today a simple stone marks the spot.