Arcangelo Corelli

1653–1713, ITALIAN

Hailed by music theorist Angelo Berardi as “the new Orpheus of our days,” Corelli helped to define the Italian instrumental sonata and concerto. Despite a modest output, he was influential throughout Europe.

ARCANGELO CORELLICorelli was born in Fusignano into a wealthy family who waged an abortive campaign to rule the town. His success, although derived from immense talent, was certainly aided by family connections.


The concerto grosso

Corelli published only six volumes of works, devoted to solo sonatas, trio sonatas, and concertos for strings. He made ...

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