About Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)  was an Italian musician and composer who greatly influenced generations of musicians after him, including such titans as Handel, who actually met him in Italy and studied with him, and J.S. Bach

He was born to a wealthy but not aristcratic land-owning family. Few details are known about his early life, but in 1666 he moved to Bologna where he studied at Accademia Filarmonica. Eventually, he moved to Rome where he soon became one of the most important musicians. He was employed by Queen Christina of Sweden, who abdicated her throne and settled in Italy and dedicated herself to music. His further employers were also powerful and wealthy aristocrats and princes of the Church.

Corelli enjoyed their friendship and artistic freedom. He traveled much and populirized the violin, a young instrument, for which he developed his way of playing and producing a famously remarkably singing tone. The role that violin plays in music now is due to Corelli's skill and gift. Many of his student began to teach his method all over Europe.

He is also considered to be "the father of concerto grosso". Although he did not invent it, he perfected and developed it laying the ground for future concerti grossi of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and many others. Concerto grosso was also a precursor of the solo concerto, the form in which it exists today.

Unlike many other musicians of the Baroque Era, Arcangelo Corelli had a happy professional life. He was loved by his public, his students, and enjoyed international fame. He achieved extreme wealth which also is not very common for a musician of the Baroque period.

Upon his death in 1713 he was buried in the Roman Pantheon, a magnificent ancient building which at different times had been a temple, a church and a tomb for the greats.