Although he left behind a small body of music, Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was tremendously influential. He was renowned as a violinist and did much to establish violin practice and technique. Bologna was an early centre of his activities before he established himself in Rome, where he worked in many important households including those of Queen Christina of Sweden and Cardinal Ottoboni. There are five published collections of sonatas by Corelli – mostly trio sonatas but also violin sonatas – and a single collection of concertos. It is possible that he wrote a good deal more music which never made it into print. Corelli’s influence was felt far and wide, from Couperin in France, to Telemann in Germany to Handel in England. In his native Italy he was an important influence upon Vivaldi.
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