Price: $5 – complete concert
Recorded: October 29, 2021
The concerto form was popularized by Rome-based composer Arcangelo Corelli, and in the first part of the 18th century it dominated Italian instrumental music. Violin virtuosity reached a new height around the year 1700. Composers like Corelli, who was a virtuoso violinist, were the first to enjoy international recognition for their strictly instrumental ensemble works at a time when vocal music—mainly opera—was still predominant in Europe. Another giant of the Baroque, Antonio Vivaldi, also was an outstanding violin virtuoso, and he composed many works for strings and solo instruments. His playing was said to be so exhilarating and daring that a contemporary described himself as “terrified” when he heard it. Handel’s concertos were composed for performance in the intervals of his own oratorios.
Neither Louis Armstrong nor Miles Davis would have become such giants of trumpet without composers such as Torelli, Corelli and Vivaldi, who developed the repertoire for this instrument in their Baroque trumpet concertos. Our program features some of the most beloved works by these composers. Often associated with festive and splendorous celebrations such as coronations and Christmas, these are real “feel-good” pieces, offered to our audience in the troubled times of the pandemic.