Corelli’s Legacy

At the beginning of the eighteenth century Corelli’s reputation spread throughout Europe. On the tour entitled ‘Corelli’s Legacy’ EUBO will perform works composed by Corelli and his students. The performances will take place between 11 and 17 October 2012.

Director & violin Riccardo Minasi

Concertmaster Kinga Ujszászi

P CASTRUCCI (1679-1752)

Concerto grosso in D Op 3 No 12

Introduzione: Allegro – Adagio Andantino – Allegro – Gavotta Andante –

Finale con Eco: Andantino

G MOSSI (c1680-1742)

Concerto grosso in e minor Op 4 No 11

Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

G VALENTINI (1681-1753)

Concerto for four violins, viola and cello concertanti in a minor Op 7 No 11

Largo – Allegro – Grave – Allegro – Presto

AM MONTANARI (1676-1737)

Concerto grosso in A

Adagio – Allegro – Grave – Vivace

A CORELLI (1653-1713)

Concerto grosso Op 6 No 11 in B flat

Preludio: Andante Largo – Allemanda: Allegro – Adagio – Largo – Sarabanda: Largo – Giga: Vivace

G VISCONTI (1683-1713)

Concerto for two violins in B flat

Allegro – Grave – Presto sempre staccato

F GEMINIANI (1687-1762)

“Follia” Concerto grosso Op 3 No 12 after Corelli Op 5 No 12

Theme & variations

Programme note

The lionising of Arcangelo Corelli “il Bolognese” during his lifetime no doubt contributed to the revival of Rome as the European capital of culture at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Key elements in the spread throughout Europe of Corelli’s reputation were the continuous growth of major violin schools deriving directly or indirectly from the school of “il Bolognese”, the adherence to his aesthetic vision by composers belonging to the operatic world which was increasingly in vogue, but especially the continued commitment to popularizing his message abroad by those who had the good fortune to study personally with Corelli [or perhaps the unstoppable flight of Italian violinists abroad looking for new and more stable employment opportunities, still as timely as ever].

So listening to this programme you will come across many different European styles, from some of the most famous works of Corelli to those of lesser-known composers such as Pietro Castrucci, Giovanni Mossi, Giuseppe Valentini and Antonio Montanari; a rich mix of formal and aesthetic visions, though all refined through the same profoundly Roman ‘filter’.

Maybe it is not true that “all roads lead to Rome”; certainly the experience of the composers featured in this programme is that everything starts from the eternal city!