Arcangelo Corelli

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Corelli, Arcangelo

Corelli, Arcangelo (ärkänˈjālō kōrĕlˈlē), 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 concerto).


See M. Pincherle, Corelli: His Life, His Work (tr., 1956).

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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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The evening titled ''Sequences and Concertos from the Barouck Era was held in cooperation with the Dutch Organization for International Cultural Cooperation, the Dutch embassy and the Higher Music Institute.The program included pieces by prominent music composers in the Barouck era (1600-1700), mainly Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and George Phillip Telemann.
And Handel obviously mirrored what one of his great role-models, Arcangelo Corelli, had already written in 1712 as part of the set of concerti grossi for string orchestra he published as his Opus 6.
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Dr David Mitchell, the new chairman of the Stirling Smith Trustees, said: "From the Gilbert and Sullivan Gates built in Stirling for the Savoy Hotel, Embankment, London, 1990, to the long-lost portrait (1827) of Simon Bolivar, 'the Wallace of South America', the master portrait (1697) of composer Arcangelo Corelli and the library dedicated to 'Don Roberto' (Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham), the Smith has works of national and international importance.
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