Arcangelo Corelli

Biography

Born: 1653   Died: 1713   Country: Italy   Period: Baroque
One of the seminal figures of Baroque music, Arcangelo Corelli was the first master of the modern violin, and the predominance of that instrument in the music of the following three centuries is his technical and pedagogical legacy. He managed to extract from it a beauty of tone and singing lyricism that were previously unknown; these qualities brought him international fame, both for his own performances and for those of his many students who Read more began to disseminate his techniques. It would not be an overstatement to say that the fundamentals of modern string playing -- including issues of both bowing and fingering -- descend directly from Corelli.

Though he did not create the concerto grosso form, Corelli wrote the first significant compositions in the genre, laying the foundations for the achievements of Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach a generation later. The same can be said of his trio sonatas and solo violin sonatas, all of which show a greater stability of form and developed sense of harmonic progression than those of his predecessors. These compositions were influential not only because of their innovative use of form, terraced dynamics, and major/minor tonality, but also because they coincided with the flourishing music publishing industry in Italy; Corelli's fame and wealth led to the printing of nearly all of his works during his lifetime, and their wide circulation internationally. Indeed, composers and musicians studied his scores for many years following his death.

Corelli was born in the town of Fusignano in 1653 to a wealthy family. The details of his early life are unknown, but he most likely began his musical studies with a local priest before moving to Bologna where he studied at the Accademia Filarmonica. No later than 1675 (but perhaps earlier), Corelli moved to Rome, where he began appearing as a violinist in ensembles formed for various religious and civic occasions.

He soon emerged as one of the city's preeminent musicians and entered the service of Queen Christina of Sweden (the first of several influential patrons), who had established herself in Rome after abdicating her throne. Some of the young composers earliest works are dedicated to her, and were performed at her "academies." Following her death, Corelli entered the service of Cardinal Pamphili, who gave him a generous salary and a place to live; he would remain in the Cardinal's service until 1690, when the Cardinal left the city. Corelli's patronage was then assumed by the young (extremely young!) Cardinal Ottoboni, who had received his office through the intervention of Pope Alexander VIII, his uncle. This would prove extremely beneficial for Corelli, since his young employer quickly befriended him, paid him well, and was a great admirer of his music. Few musicians have ever enjoyed a more secure or lucrative relationship with a patron. In this position, Corelli achieved wide fame and extreme wealth, and upon his death in 1713 he was interred in the Pantheon. Read less

Work: La Follia, Op. 5 no 12

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  • 1.
    Arcangelo Corelli: Il Maestro Famosissimo Di Violino
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 1668 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  François Couperin
    Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
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  • 2.
    A. Corelli: Sonate, Ciacona E Follia
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33961 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Lorenzo Cavasanti,  Luisa Busca
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia del Ricercare
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    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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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    Corelli: Violin Sonatas  / Beznosiuk, Avison Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 412 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
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  • 6.
    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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  • 7.
    Cafe - Orient Meets Occident / Pera Ensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300400 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Nicolo Porpora,  Gaspar Sanz,  Ebu Bekir Aga  ... 
    Performer:  Pera Ensemble Istanbul,  Valer Barna-Sabadus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
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    The Art Of Gioconda De Vito
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9090 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Gioconda De Vito
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Gustav Leonhardt Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 731897 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Anthony Newman,  Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach,  Master John Taylor,  John Blitheman  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Wieland Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort
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    Corelli: 12 Sonatas, Op. 5 / Trio Corelli
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9371 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider,  Viggo Mangor,  Ulrik Spang-Hanssen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Corelli
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  • 11.
    Virtuoso Baroque / Petri, Hannibal
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 6220604 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Lars Hannibal
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    An Italian Rant!: 18th-century Italian Masters In Britain
    Label: Opella Nova   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Geminiani  ... 
    Conductor:  Zak Ozmo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L’avventura London
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    50 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    The Business Of Angels - English Recorder Music From The Stuart Era
    Label: Pipistrelle   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Daniel Purcell,  Solomon Eccles,  Luis Mercy  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Melville,  Lucas Harris,  Nadina Mackie Jakson,  Borys Medicky  ... 
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    Con Chitarrone / Leupold Trio
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72369 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Dario Castello,  Gregory Howet,  Domenico Gabrielli  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Stegeman,  Soren Leupold,  Wouter Mijnders
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
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    Corelli: Sonate A Violino E Violone O Cimbalo, Opera Quinta
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 423 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Enrico Gatti,  Gaetano Nasillo
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572382 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis
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    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Gorges Enescu - The Columbia Recordings
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2086 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Pugnani,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Sanford Schlüssel,  George Enescu,  Celiny Chailley-Richez
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  • 20.
    Il Barocco Strumentale Italian - Vivaldi, Torelli, Porpora, Et Al
    Label: Nuova Era   Catalog: 232891 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Simone Molinaro,  Alessandro Stradella,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Beier,  Claudio Ronco,  Andrea Dandolo,  Antonio Fantinuoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Ensemble Pian & Forte,  Tripla Concordia  ... 
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  • 21.
    Corelli A La Mode / Stefan Temmingh, Olga Watts
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 598 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Stefan Temmingh,  Olga Watts
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    Nightmare In Venice / Red Priest
    Label: Red Priest Recordings   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Giovanni Paolo Cima  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Red Priest
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    Kreisler: Violin Music / Oscar Schumsky, Milton Kaye, William Wolfram
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2529 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Kaye,  Oscar Shumsky,  William Wolfram
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  • 24.
    The Most Relaxing Pachelbel Canon And Baroque Favorites In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17723 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Redel,  Karl Stangenberg,  Philipe Emanuel Haas,  Thierry Escaich  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanspeter Gmür,  Alberto Lizzio,  Hans Reinartz,  Genadi Cherkasov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra,  Musici di San Marco,  Würzburg Camerata  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concerti Da Camera;  Corelli, Geminiani, Barsanti, Veracini / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Nuova Era   Catalog: 232471 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Geminiani,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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