Arcangelo Corelli Biography
(Italian Violinist and Composer of Baroque Era Known for His Sonata and Concerto Compositions)
Birthday: February 17, 1653 (Aquarius)
Born In: Fusignano, Italy
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer who is best remembered for establishing the prominence of the violin in Italian music and for having a unique influence on the development of the modern school of violin playing. He is also remembered for his sonatas and his ’12 Concerti Grossi’, which helped establish the concerto grosso as a popular medium of composition. His ’12 Concerti Grossi’ which was published in 1714—regarded as one of his best works—is also one of the finest examples of the baroque style concerti grossi. They are extremely popular in western culture and have even been adapted into soundtracks of various movies. Not only his violin compositions mark an epoch in the history of chamber music, but his influence even went beyond the borders of his country. For his achievements, Corelli was received in the highest circles of aristocracy and he also presided at the celebrated Monday concert in the palace of Cardinal Ottoboni for a long time. Many titles were also conferred upon him like ‘Father of the Concerto Grosso.’ In his later years, after gaining immense popularity, he conducted extensive tours all over the Europe.