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
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op 6 No 7-12 / Jaroslav Krcek, Etc
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550403   Number of Discs: 1
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Gloria - Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti / Trevor Pinnock
Release Date: 11/09/1993   Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)  
Catalog: 437834   Number of Discs: 1
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Corelli: Violin Sonatas / Dael, Asperen
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557165   Number of Discs: 1
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Baroque Masterpieces - Albinoni, Corelli, Handel, Et Al
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553221   Number of Discs: 1
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Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op 5 No 7-12 / Fernandez, Wilson
Release Date: 05/29/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557799   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: La Follia, Op. 5 no 12

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    Steven Staryk: A Retrospective, Vol. 8
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3481 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Steven Staryk,  Valerie Weeks,  Kenneth Gilbert,  Gwen Hoebig
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Baroque Players
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    Vivaldi, Marcello, Platti, Handel, Telemann, Corelli & Hotteterre: Concertos & Sonatas for Wind Instruments
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88725463932 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  George Frideric Handel,  Jacques Hotteterre,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Hansjurg Lange  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Museum Trio,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: Unpublished Recordings & Rarities
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555051 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    Yehudi: The Art of Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554924 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Battista Viotti,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Paul Cocker,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  Louis Kentner  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Efrem Kurtz,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Robert Masters Chamber Orchestra,  Camerata Lysy  ... 
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    Corelli: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Vol. 2 / Onofri, Imaginarium Ensemble
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Enrico Onofri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Imaginarium Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Bits And Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552365 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alex de Taeye,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Corelli: La Follia  / Petri, Esfahani
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 220610 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Mahan Esfahani
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    Stefan Temmingh: The Oehms Classics Recordings - Bach, Corelli, Handel
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Stefan Temmingh,  Axel Wolf,  Domen Marincic,  Lyndon Watts  ... 
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    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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    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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    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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    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 [Countertenor Vocal] Sabadus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pera Ensemble
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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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    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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:  Terence Dennis,  Takako Nishizaki
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  • 21.
    100 Best Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 967007 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Luigi Boccherini,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cocker,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Anthony Halstead,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Salvatore Accardo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Hanover Band,  Alban Berg String Quartet
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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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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