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Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

He  was one of the first masters in the history of the violin and an important Italian composer of the Baroque period. He is considered one of the most important composers regarding the pre-classical sonata and concerto grosso. His music had an impact on  German composers, especially  in Handel and Bach.  Corelli 's  works  were  mostly  published and re-published   during those times, apart from works of J. Haydn.
He was Born in Fusignano (Ravenna, Italy) and was the son of one of the most important families of the city. he began to study  the violin in his hometown when he was a child. In 1666 he traveled to Bologna, where he studied with his teachers,  Giovanni Benvenuti and Leonardo Brugnoli.
In 1670 he became a member of the Academia Filarmónica Bologna. Five years later he was in Rome, where he stayed at the house of Pietro Ottoboni, nephew of Pope Alexander VIII.  In Rome,  he gained great fame both for  his technique on the violin  and compositional skills.  He was under the protection of Queen Christina of Sweden. In  1682  he became first violinist of the orchestra of the chapel of San Luigi dei Francesi, the church of the French community in Rome. Around 1700 he was first violinist and musical director at Palacio de la Cancillería (papal secretariat). He met Alessandro Scarlati (1706) and G.F.Handel (1708).

He died in Rome

                        Corelli: Trio Sonata in D-Major, Op. 3 No. 2 - IV - Allegro

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