Arcangelo Corelli
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1653-02-17
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Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli Biography (BBC)

One of the truly seminal figures of the late Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli was born in the small northern Italian town of Fusignano 350 years ago in 1653. After initial music lessons with a local priest, he went as a teenager to further his studies in nearby Bologna, at that time a seat of considerable musical learning, and by the mid-1670s was in Rome playing in (and soon leading) opera and oratorio orchestras and making a reputation as a virtuoso violinist. Before long he was being taken up by some of the city’s most important and extravagant patrons: the exiled Queen Christina of Sweden was the first – as one of her ‘chamber musicians’ he dedicated his Op. 1 set of trio sonatas to her in 1681 – and she was followed by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili, dedicatee of the Op. 2 trios in 1685; finally, when Pamphili left Rome in 1690, Corelli found a new benefactor in Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, to whom he dedicated his Op. 4 trios, and in whose palace he lived for almost the rest of his life.

Corelli’s relationship to these patrons was more than that of servant to master, however. Ottoboni in particular seems to have regarded the composer as a friend, and it was through connections such as these that Corelli was able to move in the highest social milieux; in 1706 he was even elected as one of only a handful of musicians to the select (and largely aristocratic) artistic circle known as the Accademia degli Arcadi. By then he had already published his highly influential Op. 5 violin sonatas (1700), and may well have been at work already on his single set of concerti grossi, published posthumously in 1714 as Op. 6.

Corelli was one of the most famous and respected musical figures of his time, described as early as 1689 as ‘the new Orpheus of our age’. As a violinist he was one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers, exerting an influence on instrumental technique which spread well into the 18th century. As a composer he was even more revered. Though his output extended only to instrumental music, his 48 published trio sonatas, 12 solo violin sonatas and 12 concerti grossi were quickly recognised as offering supreme models of their kind. They were not new inventions, but Corelli’s achievement was to codify what were then loosely defined genres into undisputed archetypes of classical elegance, refinement and formal clarity that would come to be identified with him above all others, and which would play a major part in defining the musical language of the ensuing century. His burial in the Pantheon in Rome, near to Raphael, is testament to his contemporary standing as an artist.

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Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8, 'Christmas' (3rd mvt)
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Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8, 'Christmas' (3rd mvt)

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Arcangelo Corelli
Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 1 in D major
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Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 1 in D major
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in E flat major Op.2`11
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Trio sonata in E flat major Op.2`11
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in G major Op.3`6
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Trio sonata in G major Op.3`6
Arcangelo Corelli
Christmas Concerto - Adagio
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Christmas Concerto - Adagio
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso in F major Op.6`9
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Concerto grosso in F major Op.6`9
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6, No 9
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Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6, No 9
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in G major Op.4`10
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Trio sonata in G major Op.4`10
Arcangelo Corelli
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.5`7
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Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.5`7
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso in D major Op.6`7
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Concerto grosso in D major Op.6`7
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in B minor Op.2`8
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Trio sonata in B minor Op.2`8
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso In D Major Op.6 No.4
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Concerto Grosso In D Major Op.6 No.4
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in A major Op.3`12
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Trio sonata in A major Op.3`12
Arcangelo Corelli
Giga (Sonata in C major, Op.5 No.9)
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Giga (Sonata in C major, Op.5 No.9)
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in G major Op.2`12 (Ciacona)
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Trio sonata in G major Op.2`12 (Ciacona)
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in A major for Violin and Cello Op.5 No.9
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Sonata in A major for Violin and Cello Op.5 No.9
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata da Chiesa in G major, Op 1 No 9
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Sonata da Chiesa in G major, Op 1 No 9
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in A Major for Violin and Continuo Op.5`9
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Sonata in A Major for Violin and Continuo Op.5`9
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata op 2, no 12 (Ciacona)
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Sonata op 2, no 12 (Ciacona)
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 4
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Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 4
Arcangelo Corelli
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 5 No 7 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 5 No 7 (2nd mvt)
Arcangelo Corelli
Violin Sonata in A major Op.5`9
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Violin Sonata in A major Op.5`9
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 4 - i. Adagio - Allegro
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Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 4 - i. Adagio - Allegro
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata (Op.1 No.8) in C minor
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Trio sonata (Op.1 No.8) in C minor
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio sonata in F major Op.1`1
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Trio sonata in F major Op.1`1
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in D minor Op.5 No.7: IV. Giga
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Sonata in D minor Op.5 No.7: IV. Giga
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto per flauto No. 7 in D minor
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Concerto per flauto No. 7 in D minor
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso In D Major Op.6`4
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Concerto Grosso In D Major Op.6`4
Arcangelo Corelli
Flute sonata in E minor Op. 5 no. 8
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Flute sonata in E minor Op. 5 no. 8
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 6
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Concerto grosso No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 6
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio Sonata in D major, Op 3 No 2
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Trio Sonata in D major, Op 3 No 2
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata a quattro in G minor
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Sonata a quattro in G minor
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso No. 4 in D Major, Op. 6
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Concerto grosso No. 4 in D Major, Op. 6
Arcangelo Corelli
Prelude. Adagio, (excerpt Violin Sonata in F, Op 10, No 5)
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Prelude. Adagio, (excerpt Violin Sonata in F, Op 10, No 5)
Arcangelo Corelli
Trio Sonata in B minor, op. 2 no. 8
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Trio Sonata in B minor, op. 2 no. 8
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in D major, op. 5 no. 1
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Sonata in D major, op. 5 no. 1
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 4
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Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 4
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op 6 No 11
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Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op 6 No 11
Arcangelo Corelli
Overture to Santa Beatrice d'Este in D minor
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Overture to Santa Beatrice d'Este in D minor
Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in D major for trumpet, 2 violins and continuo
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Sonata in D major for trumpet, 2 violins and continuo
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 4 (1st mvt)
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Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 4 (1st mvt)
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 4
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Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 4
Arcangelo Corelli
Violin Sonata in E major, Op 5 No 11
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Violin Sonata in E major, Op 5 No 11
Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 2
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Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 2
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