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Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (, also UK: , US: , Italian: [arˈkandʒelo koˈrɛlli]; 17 February 1653 – 8 January 1713) was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto, in establishing the preeminence of the violin, and as the first coalescing of modern tonality and functional harmony.

He was trained in Bologna and Rome and spent most of his career there with the protection of wealthy patrons. Though his entire production is limited to just six published collections — five of which are Trio Sonatas or solo and one by Concerti grossi — he achieved great fame and success throughout Europe, in the process crystallizing widely influential musical models.

His writing was admired for its balance, refinement, sumptuous and original harmonies, for the richness of the textures, for the majestic effect of the theatricality and for its clear, expressive and melodious polyphony, a perfect quality of classical ideals, although belonging to the baroque epoch and often employing resources typical of this school, such as the exploration of dynamic and expressive contrasts, but always tempered by a great sense of moderation. He was the first to fully apply, with an expressive and structuring purpose, the new tonal system, consolidated after at least two hundred years of experimentation. As a virtuoso violinist he was considered one of the greatest of his generation and contributed, thanks to the development of modern playing techniques and to his many disciples scattered throughout Europe, to place the violin among the most prestigious solo instruments and was also a significant figure in the evolution of the traditional orchestra.

A dominant figure in Roman musical life and internationally highly regarded, he was desired by many courts and was included in the most prestigious artistic and intellectual society of his time, the Pontifical Academy of Arcadia. He was known in his time as "the new Orpheus", "the prince of musicians" and other similar adjectives, great folklore was generated around his figure and his fame did not diminish after his death. Even today his work is the subject of a voluminous critical bibliography and his sonatas are still widely used in musical academies as didactic material as well as pieces capable of affirming themselves in today's concert repertoire. His position in the history of Western music is considered crucial, being recognized as one of the greatest masters at the turn of the XVII and XVIII century, as well as one of the earliest and greatest classicists.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 17, 1653 (Fusignano), Died January 8, 1713 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-14486 10-in. 2/19/1914 Gavotte in B-flat Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-14486 10-in. 11/23/1926 Gavotte Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-51029 10-in. 3/15/1929 Pastorale Hazel Gertrude Kinscella Piano solo, with strings composer  
Victor BVE-55997 10-in. 10/31/1929 Sarabanda Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-55998 10-in. 10/31/1929 Adagio Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-59493 10-in. 5/1/1930 Pastorale Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-77891 10-in. 11/3/1933 Gigue Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-82158 10-in. 3/30/1934 Skips and gallops Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-82159 10-in. 3/30/1934 Runs Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-82160 10-in. 3/30/1934 Minuet—Sonata Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-021665 10-in. 3/31/1938 Gigue Fernando Germani Electric organ solo composer  
Columbia 46126 10-in. 10/18/1915 Gigue Carlos Salzedo Harp solo composer  
Columbia W152107 10-in. 2/5/1932 Et ron ron, petit patapon Bernard Zighera Harp solo composer  
Columbia W98627 12-in. 2/13/1929 Folies d'Espagne Georges Enesco ; S. Schlüssel Violin and piano duet composer  
Columbia W98628 12-in. 2/13/1929 Folies d'Espagne Georges Enesco ; S. Schlüssel Violin and piano duet composer  
Brunswick 14405-14407 10-in. 12/5/1924 Sarabande Willem Willeke Cello solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 10265-a] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 Christmas concerto : Grave allegro London Chamber Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 10265-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 Christmas concerto : Adagio London Chamber Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 10266-a] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 Christmas concerto : Vivace and allegro London Chamber Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 10266-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1928 Christmas concerto : Pastorale London Chamber Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1321 10-in. 12/4/1928 Grave de la sonate 6 Marguerite Delcourt ; Marc Pincherle Violin solo, with harpsichord composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1322 10-in. 12/4/1928 Grave de la sonate 6 Marguerite Delcourt ; Marc Pincherle Violin solo, with harpsichord composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Corelli, Arcangelo," accessed February 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102373.

Corelli, Arcangelo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102373.

"Corelli, Arcangelo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 February 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102373

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