A Period Instrument Duo


Guts brings beautiful and unusual music that we love from the 17th and 18th centuries to your ears. We are passionate about playing early music on period instruments and are constantly discovering new repertoire that we can’t wait to play for you. Come experience the warmth and immediacy of historically-informed chamber music!

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Next Livestream Concert Sunday, November 29, 2020

Italian Virtuosi Part II:
The Influence of Corelli

Portrait of Corelli by Hugh Howard, 1697

We will be performing our eighth monthly livestream concert on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastern.

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Our next monthly livestream concert picks up where we left off in April, with Italian Virtuosi, Part II, the Influence of Corelli.

In Rome in 1700, violin superstar Arcangelo Corelli published his op. 5 collection of violin sonatas, that would change the genre forever. His sonatas combined technical mastery of the violin with captivating melodies, fugues and dances. Within a few years, his sonatas had disseminated throughout Europe, and completely redefined the genre of the sonata. In addition, his sonatas pushed the expectations of all violinists.

Corelli’s generation of violinists quickly followed suit, by studying and playing his sonatas, and several of them started writing sonatas in the same model. Violinists such as Giuseppe Tartini and Francisco Maria Veracini spent a couple of years practicing and improving their technique to match and (arguably) surpass Corelli’s virtuosity. Several others, such as Giovanni Battista Somis, took the opportunity to study directly with Corelli.

This program continues to explore the works of Corelli and his contemporaries in Italy, as in a single generation they developed the techniques of the virtuoso era of the early 18th century.


Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonata in D Major, op. 5 no. 1
Francisco Maria Veracini: Violin Sonata in A Minor, op. 1 no. 2
Giovanni Battista Somis: Violin Sonata in D Major, op. 1 no. 12
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Sonata in D Major, op. 2 no. 1

“I loved your concert today! Thanks and Congratulations to you [both] for wonderful music, beautifully performed.”

J. L.

“Bravo, way to go you two! I enjoyed the Bach concert. Especially listening to it LIVE. Thanks so much.”

H. R.

“Bravo to you both! I love Bach and the two of you did him justice. Sorry I’m not getting to the live concerts, but thanks to YouTube I get to see and hear you on a rainy day in Maine.”

A. I.

“Looking forward to the next concert!”

L. A.

“Thanks for a wonderful concert!”

M. H.

“I really enjoyed Italian Virtuosi, it’s a pleasure listening to you two play!”


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From the archives: Leclair’s 3rd sonata from a concert we enjoyed playing in November 2019.