Nicola Matteis
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Nicola Matteis

Nicola Matteis Biography (Wikipedia)

Nicola Matteis (Matheis) (fl. c. 1670 – after 1713) was the earliest notable Italian Baroque violinist in London, whom Roger North judged in retrospect "to have been a second to Corelli," and a composer of significant popularity in his time, though he had been utterly forgotten until the later 20th century.

Very little is known of his early life, although Matteis was probably born in Naples, describing himself as 'Napolitano' in several of his works. He came to London in the early 1670s and according to the diarist Roger North, had a city merchant as a sponsor, who schooled him in the ways of currying favor from the gentry (by allowing them to accompany him in parlor recitals and other minor performances). John Evelyn reports in his diary for 19 November 1674, the earliest notice of Matteis, "I heard that stupendious Violin Signor Nichola (with other rare Musitians) whom certainly never mortal man exceeded on that instrument, he had a stroak so sweete, made it speaking like the Voice of a man and when he pleased, like a Consort of severall Instruments: he did wonders upon a Note: was an excellent Composer also. Nothing approched the violin in Nichola's hand: he seemed to be inspired and played such ravishing things on a ground as astonishd us all."

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Prelude in C minor (1700)
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Prelude in C minor (1700)
Nicola Matteis
La dia spagnola
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La dia spagnola
Nicola Matteis
Passaggio rotto
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Passaggio rotto
Nicola Matteis
Ground after the Scotch humour
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Ground after the Scotch humour

Ground after the Scotch humour

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Daniel Hope
Jonathan Cohen
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen
Stefan Rath
Stefan Maass
Nicola Matteis, Pedro Memelsdorff, Andreas Staier & [anonymous]
Passages in Imitation of the Trumpet; 5 Marches from Playford's New Tunes
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Passages in Imitation of the Trumpet; 5 Marches from Playford's New Tunes
Nicola Matteis
Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda ò pur ciaccona
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Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda ò pur ciaccona
Nicola Matteis
Trio Sonata in G minor
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Trio Sonata in G minor
Nicola Matteis
Ground after the Scotch humour
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Ground after the Scotch humour
Nicola Matteis
Aria malinconica in E minor
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Aria malinconica in E minor
Nicola Matteis
Suite ('Ayrs for the Violin, Part I' (London,1679))
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Suite ('Ayrs for the Violin, Part I' (London,1679))
Nicola Matteis
Matteis: Aria malinconica; Handel/Babell: Lascia ch'io pianga
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Matteis: Aria malinconica; Handel/Babell: Lascia ch'io pianga
Nicola Matteis
Aria malinconica
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Aria malinconica
Nicola Matteis
Suite from Ayrs for the Violin, Part I
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Suite from Ayrs for the Violin, Part I
George Frideric Handel
Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga
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Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga
Nicola Matteis
Ground after the Scotch Humour
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Ground after the Scotch Humour
Nicola Matteis
Aria Amorosa; Preludio; Scaramuccia (from Ayres for the Violin)
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Aria Amorosa; Preludio; Scaramuccia (from Ayres for the Violin)
Nicola Matteis
Sonata; Passaggio rotto; Aria Burlesca (from Ayres for the Violin)
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Sonata; Passaggio rotto; Aria Burlesca (from Ayres for the Violin)
Nicola Matteis
No, you never loved like me
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No, you never loved like me
Nicola Matteis
No, you never loved like me
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No, you never loved like me
Nicola Matteis
Diverse bizzarie sopra La Vecchia (Suite in C major)
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Diverse bizzarie sopra La Vecchia (Suite in C major)
Nicola Matteis
Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda
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Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda
Nicola Matteis
Ayres for the violin: Movimento incognito
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Ayres for the violin: Movimento incognito
Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D; Gallarda; Ground after the Scotch Humour
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Sonata in D; Gallarda; Ground after the Scotch Humour
Nicola Matteis
Ayres for the Violin: Passaggio rotto; Sarabanda amorosa; Fantasia
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Ayres for the Violin: Passaggio rotto; Sarabanda amorosa; Fantasia
Nicola Matteis
Suite in C, from 'Ayrs for the Violin'
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Suite in C, from 'Ayrs for the Violin'
Nicola Matteis
Preludio Allegro; Aria; Vivace. Eco; Fuga (Ayres for the violin)
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Preludio Allegro; Aria; Vivace. Eco; Fuga (Ayres for the violin)
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