Debut Livestream: Italian Virtuosi part I

Sunday, April 26, 2020

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We performed our first monthly livestream concert on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 4PM Pacific/7PM Eastern. This is the first installment of a 2-part series, centered around the music of Arcangelo Corelli and his contemporaries in early 18th-century Italy. The two parts together will be our first public concert once this enforced isolation is over. 

When Corelli published his op.5 collection of violin sonatas in 1700, they set new standards both for the form of the sonata and the playing of the violin. The other Italian violinists responded in kind. The resulting outpouring of music featured many new techniques such as double-stops, ornaments, extensive shifting up and down the violin, and improvisation of melodies outlined on the page by only a few notes in the composer’s hand. 

We will share with you some of this dazzling and dramatic music, so that it might inspire your minds and hearts.


Corelli’s Opus 5 #9 sonata, one of the works that kicked it all off
his student Carbonelli’s Sonata #1, by turns gorgeous, grand, and playful
his student Locatelli’s Sonata #2, a piece reminiscent of CPE Bach (who was 15 when it was written) with its tender moodiness
and contemporary Vivaldi’s Opus 2 Sonata #1, a.k.a. “The Saddest Vivaldi Ever,” a different take on the same sonata structure

We hope you enjoy!