Fourth Sundays Livestream:
Italian Virtuosi II: The Influence of Arcangelo Corelli
NEW DATE – Sunday May 1, 2022, 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern
Come join us to pick up where we left off in Italian Virtuosi Part I, and meet some of Arcangelo Corelli’s contemporaries and students as they each leave their mark on the virtuosic Italian violin sonata!
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 technique of all violinists to include double stops, arpeggiated chords, and improvisation.
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 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.
Sunday, May 1st at 4pm PST/7pm EST, join us on YouTube for our livestream concert.
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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
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Fourth Sundays Livestreams: 2022 Season
Announcing our full 2022 Spring Season!
Read on for details of our livestream concerts January through May.
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January 23, 2022 – Dance Party
We are revisiting one of our favorite programs, featuring two French dance suites, by Morel and Rebel. Sylvia will be playing viol continuo for John on the Morel, then switching to violin to perform the Rebel!
February 27, 2022 – Friends & Rivals in the Paris Opera
We will explore the big personalities of some of the best violinists in Paris in the 1730’s, and the elegant violin sonatas they wrote.
Jean-Jacques-Baptiste Anet: Sonata in g Op. 3 No. 2
Jean-Baptiste Quentin: Sonata in g Op. 1 No. 2
Jean-Baptiste Senaillé: Sonata in F Op. 4 No. 1
Jean-Pierre Guignon: Sonata in A Op. 1 No. 1
Louis Aubert: Sonata in e Op. 1 No. 1
March 27, 2022 – Fantasticus!
When the circle of fifths was wildly daring! Progressive rock from 1660s Vienna, with lots of Italian flavor… sonatas from the Partiturbuch Ludwig (PL), a giant collection of music compiled in 1662 for the Holy Roman Emperor.
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Canzona Prima
Antonio Bertali: Sonata (PL No. 2)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata No. 1
Andreas Oswald: Sonata (PL No. 4)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonata 1681 No. 2
April 24, 2022 – Italian Virtuosi II
Following the ripples of Corelli’s earth-moving Opus 5 sonatas through the 18th-century violin world. A different sonata by Corelli, plus sonatas by Veracini, Somis and Tartini. Get ready with the replay of Italian Virtuosi I.
May 22, 2022 – The Classical Era
We are coming forward in time, playing duets for violin and cello by Mozart, Haydn and their contemporaries Hoffmeister, Reicha and the Chevalier de St. George.
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