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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  • 51.
    Sounds Of Splendour - Music For Trumpet & Organ - Faure, Albinoni, Franck, Etc / John Coulton, David Dunnett
    Label: Brass Classics   Catalog: 3009 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gabriel Fauré,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  David Dunnett,  John Coulton
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  • 52.
    Torelli: The Original Brandenburg Concertos / Bojan Cicic, Kah-ming Ng, Charivari Agreable
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Linda Hannah-Andersson,  Bojan Cicic,  Kah-Ming Ng
    Conductor:  Kah-Ming Ng
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
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  • 53.
    In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachten Mit Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94502 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Manfredini,  Johann David Heinichen,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
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  • 54.
    Die goldene Trompete Vol 2 / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 92122 Release Date: 11/03/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Anonymous,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
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  • 55.
    Haydn, Hummel, Torelli, Neruda: Trumpet Concertos / Alison Balsom
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 16213 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Neruda,  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 56.
    Gloria In Excelsis Deo - Vivaldi, Bach, Zelenka, Etc / Guttler, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 92572 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Hallé Madrigal Singers,  Thüringen Academy Choir
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  • 57.
    Festive Trumpet Gala / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94802 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Melchior Molter,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
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  • 58.
    Christmas Concertos / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426175 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 59.
    Greatest Works - Trumpet - Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Etc / Guttler, Kircheis, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Paul Hindemith,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Mathias Schmutzler,  Bernd Schober,  Erich Markwart,  Frank Mittag  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Bach Collegium Leipzig
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  • 60.
    Christmas Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 410179 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  François Joseph Gossec,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 61.
    L'Art de Maurice André
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64100 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anne Danican Philidor,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Jean-Paul Leroy,  Thierry Caens  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra,  Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Corelli, Manfredini, Torelli, Vivaldi: Christmas Concertos / Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 363068 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 63.
    Baroque Christmas / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8410 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Melchior Vulpius,  Valerius Otto,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis,  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Baroque Music Of Bologna / Bolton, 	St James's Baroque Players Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 740838 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Petronio Franceschini,  Giuseppe Maria Jacchini,  Domenico Gabrielli
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St James's Baroque Players Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Italian Trumpet - Edward Carroll / Various
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Alessandro Melani,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Lucy Shelton
    Conductor:  Edward Carroll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trumpet Ensemble,  Concerto Rotterdam
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  • 66.
    Baroque Trumpet Concertos / Reiner, Tewinkel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570501 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Domenico Gabrielli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Reiner
    Conductor:  Sebastian Tewinkel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
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  • 67.
    My Heart Is Ever Present / Tine Thing Helseth
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1276 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Traditional,  Max Reger,  Henry Thomas Smart  ... 
    Performer:  Birgitte Volan Havik,  Tine Thing Helseth,  Elise Batnes,  Isa Katharina Gericke
    Conductor:  Elise Batnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Beautiful Baroque - Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8598 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh,  Johannes Walter,  Manfred Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Friedmann Bätzel,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Zeljko Straka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Torelli, Mossi, Valentini, Locatelli, Leo: Concerti / Goebel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 435393 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Valentini,  Giovanni Mossi  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Ehrhardt,  Andrea Keller,  Manfred Kraemer,  Katharina Wolff  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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  • 70.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Håkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 71.
    Ludwig Güttler - Festliche Klänge Aus Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8391 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried Finger,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Friedrich Kircheis,  Andreas Lorenz,  Günter Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Leipzig,  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 72.
    Perfect Winter Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557977 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
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  • 73.
    Konzerte Für Trompete & Corno Da Caccia / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9241 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Theodor Schwartzkopff,  Leopold Mozart,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Roland Straumer,  Mathias Schmutzler,  Heinz-Dieter Richter
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 74.
    Torelli: Trumpet Concertos / Hammes, Matt, European Chamber Soloists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92401 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Thomas Hammes,  Peter Leiner
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
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  • 75.
    Torelli: Concertos / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 716 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Simon Standage,  Catherine Weiss,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  David Blackadder
    Conductor:  Simon Standage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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