Giuseppe Torelli


Born: April 22, 1658; Verona, Italy   Died: February 8, 1709; Bologna, Italy  
Giuseppe Torelli was a Baroque composer whose music served as an essential link in the evolution of the concerto grosso and solo concerto forms. His works were published in seven collections of concertos, sinfonias, and sonatas, all appearing chronologically. Thus, one can trace his progress from the rather conventional style of the early chamber-oriented concertos and sonatas to the more expansive and stronger efforts of the middle sets. The Read more last two of his collections, 12 Concerti musicali and 12 Concerti grossi con una pastorale are the flowering of his efforts in the these genres. The Concerti musicali are more deftly written than his previous efforts, with ritornellos taking a more prominent role, while the Concerti grossi show his full grasp of structure and a crucial balancing of the roles of the soloist and the orchestral players.

Torelli was born in Verona, Italy, on April 22, 1658. Not much is known about his early years, though it has been suggested that Giuliano Massaroti was one of Torelli's earliest teachers, owing to his close proximity in Verona. Torelli departed Verona in the early 1680s and shortly afterward may have taken the post as maestro di cappella at the Imola Cathedral in the Bologna province. An accomplished string player, he also began studying composition with G.A. Perti around this time. Torelli's first published works were the ten Sonate a 3, for violin and basso continuo, and 12 Concerto da camera for two violins and basso continuo. Both appeared in 1686, and were probably written shortly after his arrival in Bologna.

In 1687, Torelli published his third collection of works, this one a set of 12 Sinfonie, for two to four instruments. His next (1688) was the 12 Concertino per camera, for violin and cello. Around 1690 Torelli began writing his first trumpet works, the Suonata con stromenti e tromba. The composer's growing interest in the trumpet, unusual for a string player, likely owed something to the virtuoso trumpeter Giovanni Pellegrino Brandi, who occasionally performed with the San Petronio orchestra, of which Torelli was a member.

In 1692 Torelli published another collection of works, the Sinfonie a 3 e concerti a 4. Four years later he departed Bologna, eventually reaching Ansbach, Germany, where he engaged in some joint musical ventures with his friend, Pistocchi, the famous castrato and composer. There are accounts that during this time, Torelli toured Germany with Pistocchi.

Torelli was appointed maestro di concerto in Ansbach, probably in 1697. It appears that during his tenure there, he wrote very little music, apparently finding the duties demanding. The composer was known to suffer from hypochondria in his later years, and the condition may well have been worsening for him while away from home.

Torelli spent some time in Vienna but was back in Bologna in 1701, quickly landing a position with the newly formed San Petronio cappella musicale. Torelli and Pistocchi seem to have appeared in a number of concerts together in the early 1700s, most likely earning substantial fees. Relatively little is known about Torelli in his final years, except that he composed little music. His only significant effort was the 12 Concerti grossi con una pastorale, Op. 8, which features one of his more popular pieces, the so-called Christmas Eve Concerto (No. 6). Torelli died on February 8, 1709. Read less
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  • 1.
    Torelli: Complete Works for Trumpet and Orchestra / Vartolo, San Petronio Cappella Musicale Orchestra
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5523 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
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    Tales of Two Cities / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Traditional,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Omar al Batsh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
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    The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 / Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4828276 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann Pachelbel,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Agitata / Galou, Dantone, Accademia Bizantina
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 371 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Niccolň Jommelli,  Giovanni Lorenzo Gregori,  Nicolo Porpora  ... 
    Performer:  Delphine Galou
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina Orchestra
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    The Italian Job / Chandler, Le Serenissima
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2371 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Caldara,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Chandler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Serenissima
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  • 6.
    Venezia 1700 / Noally, Les Accents
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Antonio Caldara,  Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco  ... 
    Performer:  Thibault Noally
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Accents
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    Simphonies des noels / Les Violons du Roy
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 73426 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel-Richard d Lalande,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
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    Jubilo / Balsom, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of King's College Cambridge
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558211 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
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    Italian Baroque: The Instrumental Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95430 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Barsanti,  Giovanni Battista Bassani,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
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    Great Trumpet Concertos / Andre
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556722 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Baroque Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578320 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Daniel Rothert,  Ladislav Kyselak,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Capella Istropolitana,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    My Favorite Trumpet Concertos / Hofbauer
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 234 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Arutiunian,  Robert Planel,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Jan Krtitel Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofbauer
    Conductor:  Guido Mancusi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schloss Schonbrunn Orchester Wien
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    Maurice Andre: Trumpet Maestro
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Michael Haydn,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Marcel Lagorce,  Rheinhold Barchet,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Baptiste Mari,  Jean-François Paillard,  Karl Ristenpart,  Frans Brüggen  ... 
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    Netherlands Dance Theatre Celebrates Jiri Kylian [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108150 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Henrik Schaefer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Symfonia
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    Festliches Konzert
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38164 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Bernhard Kury,  Susanne Branny,  Andreas Lorenz,  Mathias Schmutzer
    Conductor:  Helmut Branny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle members
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    Venetian Christmas / Gester, Arte Dei Suonatori
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2089 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fulgenso Perotti,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Ewa Golinska,  Ruby Hughes,  Komale Akakpo
    Conductor:  Martin Gester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arte Dei Suonatori
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    The Argo Years / Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002081902 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Philip Langridge,  Anna Reynolds,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Et In Arcadia Ego
    Label: Fra Bernardo   Catalog: 1312333 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Alessandro Marcello,  Benedetto Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
    Conductor:  Christoph Hammer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Stella Matutina
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  • 19.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Sound of Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19162 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giuseppe Torelli,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom,  Alastair Ross,  Colm Carey,  Iestyn Davies
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Scottish Ensemble,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Fiori Musicali
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Lorena Espina,  Alexandra Uhlig,  Robert Buschek,  Klemens Sander  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Birnbaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Richard Tucker - Song & Cantorial Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman,  John Huston,  Ben Irving  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Nicolas Flagello,  Sholom Secunda,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 24.
    Baroque Christmas
    Label: Edition Lilac   Catalog: 291211 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Christoph Bernhard  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Mueller,  Wanda Yang Temko
    Conductor:  Predrag Gosta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Trinity Baroque
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    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1832 Release Date: 03/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Joachim Schäfer,  Arndt Netzel,  Judit Izsak,  Gesine Forberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Popovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trompetenensemble Joachim Schäfer,  Camerata Instrumentale Berlin
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