Arcangelo Corelli

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Corelli, Arcangelo

(ärkän`jālō kōrĕl`lē), 1653–1713, Italian composer and violinist. Famed for his virtuosity and his elegant style of composition, he spent most of his life in Rome, where he was court violinist to Cardinal Ottoboni. His violin technique was perpetuated by his many students and in his sonatas for violin with harpsichord, among which is the well-known set of variations on the air La Follia. He also helped to establish the typical form of the concerto grosso (see concertoconcerto
, musical composition usually for an orchestra and a soloist or a group of soloists. In the 16th cent. concertare and concertato implied an ensemble, either vocal or instrumental.
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See M. Pincherle, Corelli: His Life, His Work (tr., 1956).

Corelli, Arcangelo


Born Feb. 17, 1653, in Fusignano; died Jan. 8, 1713, in Rome. Italian violinist, composer, conductor, and teacher. Founder of the Italian school of violin.

Corelli wrote ensemble and solo works for violin, trio sonatas (four collections, published 1681–94), sonatas for violin and bass (published 1700), and concert grossi (published 1714). His sonatas were models for the concert violin style, and his concerti grossi played an important role in the formation of classical orchestral music. In his works, Corelli often drew upon folk dances and songs. His playing was characterized by contemporaries as brilliant and expressive. Corelli’s pupils included the Italian violinists P. Locatelli and G. Somis.


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Handel and Arcangelo Corelli, plus one native Englishman, celebrated improviser William Babell.
A representative selection of the "ancient" music of composers such as Arcangelo Corelli, Ceorge Frideric Handel, and Francesco Geminiani was also a common component of the music collections of Anglo-Indians.
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He collected, and presumably performed, or encouraged the performance of, the works of composers popular in England during the mid-eighteenth century, such as Arcangelo Corelli, Francesco Geminiani, Thomas Arne, Johann Christian Bach, William Felton, John Worgan, and Maurice Greene.
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I certainly missed a discussion of such topics as the influence of Arcangelo Corelli in England, the dissemination of the concerto grosso among provincial orchestral societies, the development of a solo violin concerto repertory in London, the use of stringed instruments in parish church music, and, most important perhaps, the cultivation of the violin among the leisured classes - a topic for which Richard Leppert's Music and Image: Domesticity, Ideology and Socio-Cultural Formation in Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988) would have been useful reading.
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