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Arcangelo Corelli

February 17, 1653 - January 8, 1713
born in Fusignano, Italy, composed during the Baroque period
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 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. ~ Rovi Staff, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto No. 4 In C Major For 4 Trumpets, Organ, Harpsichord And Timpani. Op. 6: I. Allegro

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Track List: Corelli - Violin Sonatas Op. 5, Nos. 7-12

Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Minor, Op. 5/7
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 5/8
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In A Major, Op. 5/9
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In F Major, Op. 5/10
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In E Major, Op. 5/11
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12
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Track List: Corelli: 12 Concerti grossi, op. 6

Disc 1
Title: Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op. 6/1
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/2
Title: Concerto Grosso In C Minor, Op. 6/3
Title: Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op. 6/4
Title: Concerto Grosso In B Flat Major, Op. 6/5
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/6
Disc 2
Title: Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op. 6/7
Title: Concerto Grosso In G Minor ("Christmas Concerto"), Op. 6/8
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/9
Title: Concerto Grosso In C Major, Op. 6/10
Title: Concerto Grosso In B Flat Major, Op. 6/11
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/12
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Track List: Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Nos. 1-6

Title: Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op. 6/1
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/2
Title: Concerto Grosso In C Minor, Op. 6/3
Title: Concerto Grosso In D Major, Op. 6/4
Title: Concerto Grosso In B Flat Major, Op. 6/5
Title: Concerto Grosso In F Major, Op. 6/6
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Track List: Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Op.6

Disc 1
Title: Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6
Disc 2
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Track List: Corelli: Sonatas for Strings

Disc 1
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In F Major, Op. 1/1
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In E Minor, Op. 1/2
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In A Major, Op. 1/3
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In A Minor, Op. 1/4
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In B Flat Major, Op. 1/5
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In B Minor, Op. 1/6
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In C Major, Op. 1/7
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In C Minor, Op. 1/8
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In G Major, Op. 1/9
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In G Minor, Op. 1/10
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In D Minor, Op. 1/11
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Violone (Or Archlute) & Organ In D Major, Op. 1/12
Disc 2
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In D Major, Op. 2/1
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In D Minor, Op. 2/2
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In C Major, Op. 2/3
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In E Minor, Op. 2/4
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In B Flat Major, Op. 2/5
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In G Minor, Op. 2/6
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In F Major, Op. 2/7
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In B Minor, Op. 2/8
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In F Sharp Minor, Op. 2/9
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In E Major, Op. 2/10
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In E Flat Major, Op. 2/11
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In D Major ("Ciacona"), Op. 2/12
Disc 3
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In F Major, Op. 3/1
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In D Minor, Op. 3/2
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In B Flat Major, Op. 3/3
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In B Minor, Op. 3/4
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In D Minor, Op. 3/5
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In G Major, Op. 3/6
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In E Minor, Op. 3/7
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In C Major, Op. 3/8
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In F Minor, Op. 3/9
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In A Minor, Op. 3/10
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In G Minor, Op. 3/11
Title: Sonate Da Chiesa A Tre, For 2 Violins, Cello (Or Archlute) & Organ In A Minor, Op. 3/12
Disc 4
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In C Major, Op. 4/1
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In G Minor, Op. 4/2
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In A Major, Op. 4/3
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In D Major, Op. 4/4
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In A Minor, Op. 4/5
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In E Major, Op. 4/6
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In F Major, Op. 4/7
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In D Minor, Op. 4/8
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In B Flat Major, Op. 4/9
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In G Major, Op. 4/10
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In C Minor, Op. 4/11
Title: Sonate Da Camera A Tre, For 2 Violins & Violone (Or Harpsichord) In B Minor, Op. 4/12
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Track List: Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. 5

Disc 1
Title: Sonata No. 1
Title: Sonata No. 2
Title: Sonata No. 3
Title: Sonata No. 4
Title: Sonata No. 5
Title: Sonata No. 6
Disc 2
Title: Sonata No. 7
Title: Sonata No. 8
Title: Sonata No. 9
Title: Sonata No. 10
Title: Sonata No. 11
Title: Follia
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Track List: Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. 5, Nos. 1-6

Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Major, Op. 5/1
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In B Flat Major, Op. 5/2
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In C Major, Op. 5/3
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In F Major, Op. 5/4
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 5/5
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In A Major, Op. 5/6
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Track List: Violin Sonatas Op 5

Disc 1
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Major, Op. 5/1
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In B Flat Major, Op. 5/2
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In C Major, Op. 5/3
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In F Major, Op. 5/4
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 5/5
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In A Major, Op. 5/6
Disc 2
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Minor, Op. 5/7
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 5/8
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In A Major, Op. 5/9
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In F Major, Op. 5/10
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In E Major, Op. 5/11
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In D Minor ("La Follia"), Op.5/12

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he was the first baroque composer I heard. i've loved baroque music since then,1967.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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bud.coats
I was @ Symphony Hall in Boston about 10 years ago for a concert featuring Vivaldi's 4 Seasons. It was @ that concert that I was introduced to Corelli. To this day, He is my favorite composer!!
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rmccollo
Timeless music
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sacredfun6
My favorite composer. Always hits the spot.
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Corelli creates elegantly beautiful music that resonates with a vibrancy and love of life.
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Maestro!
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Outstanding sound quality and as good a performance as I can remember. Thanks for the historical piece.
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superbe arcoustique!
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Archie? lol! I love it!
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Archie did all right!
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davidhutnik
sublime
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cwmassie
this music speaks to my sole like a cat meowing for delicious kitty food.
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@caleb springer how do you know he plays with such passion if he died in 1713?
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onuigma
Good piece
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godslittlepr i n c e s s 2
Love this! Ah where would the world be without such beautiful music to speak to our soul!
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I enjoy his music very much!
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definitely marvelous...
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diatonic dribble
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josephil0680
Absolutely sublime, Corelli's music is Divine.
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Excellent! Very enjoyable.
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yellasplitze r . 2 8 7
hehehe yeah..... he is pretty cool.
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corelli is hot.
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mimi.holt
Arcangelo was Antonio's daddy. But how can you not love them both?
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It's great to read about a classical musician who was so appreciated in his own lifetime that he actually became rich!
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Usually..... . neither like Baroque nor harpsichord. Well two of two ain't bad and neither is this piece by Corelli
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trevordhylan d
Seriously the second greatest string composer of all time. (Vivaldi would be number one.)
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corelli plays with such passion. hearing his music played is definately one of the high points of my life in music. maybe i will be able to play some of his pieces someday
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His music is as necessary to my life as breathing and wonderfully challenging to perform :)
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I have played Corelli in OR also, alas, the CV surgeons weren't into Baroque.
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joemassey1
"do" better, sorry
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joemassey1
doctors dp better when they play familiar music
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elcue
Was introduced to Corelli by a heart surgeon who enjoyed playing him during surgery. What a discovery! Launched me into an exploration of the Baroque period that has brought me much pleasure. I think of that doc every time I hear Corelli - thanks, Charles!
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Love Corelli
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Music which feeds the mind and soul.
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jwolfe547
Not bad for 357 years old. When's he gonna release a new album?
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what the....?
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Wonderful music, and good for all occasions.
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hh902
serene . . . celestial
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droidman56
Perfect way for me to lower my blood pressure
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tedsandyman0 1
Young sir, "cavikblade" : devil horns do not belong on the page of a composer named "Arcangelo".
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Makes you want to choregraph a group ballet right now. Wonderful progression tilt back and enjoy.
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I was in the Rocky Mount Flute Choir (String Bass). We palyed this all the time. Fond memories!
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THIS GUY ROCKS! WOOHOO! <\M/> DEVIL HORNS, MAN! DEVIL HORNS! ROOOOOCK!
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wow, amazing. simply amazing.
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Apropos ueland6;the entire hallelujah chorus of Handel's messiah was lifted note-for -note without a key change from Corelli's magnificent fugue in D major.Handel was so in awe of him he named his best set of concerti, opus 6, just like the Master's final set. Plagiarism was not an issue.
Roberto
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Of all of the Baroque, his music raised the bar; lovely on the ears.
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How can you not love a man who's first name is "Arcangelo"?

P.S. I enjoyed reading Forrest Woodring's comment below with what I'm sure was an unintentione d but brilliant phrase: vision in his hearing
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He is the father of it all. Bach and Mozart produced masterpieces , but much of it was derivative of Corelli.
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