Vivaldi spent most of this career as music master at the Pieta Orphanage where
orphaned and abandoned girls were given a home and taught music. Vivaldi wrote
over 500 concertos for them, including The Four Season. The girls gave concerts
that were the highlight of musical life in Venice. It was said the Pieta had the
most disciplined orchestra in Italy. Since they performed in a church, no
applause was allowed. Instead people expressed their enthusiasm by coughing,
shuffling their feet and blowing their noses loudly.