Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli

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Arcangelo Corelli (1683-1713) is one of the eighteenth-century’s best-known violin players and composers. Although Corelli wrote a limited number of pieces, his compositions are a very important contribution to the violin repertoire, and greatly advanced violin technique. He composed 6 collected works, including sonatas for violin and basso continuo, trio sonatas (a multi-movement piece for 2 violins and continuo), and concerti grossi (a 3-movement concerto for more than one solo instrument and orchestral accompaniment).

Biography

Corelli was born 1683 in Fusignano, a small town between Bologna and Ravenna, into a wealthy family. Having first studied music with a priest in the nearby town of Faenza, Corelli moved to the musical city of Bologna in 1666 to continue his studies when he was just 14 years old.  Bologna was home to many of Italy’s finest composers and musicians, including Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692) and Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709), and the young Arcangelo flourished among these prominent musicians, matriculating in the prestigious Accademia Filharmonica di Bologna in 1670.

Corelli’s place as one of the most prominent violinists in Italy took hold shortly after his arrival in Rome around 1675. He performed in high-level concerts for many of Rome’s prominent figures, including Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili (1653-1730), an influential figure and a strong patron of the arts. Throughout his musical career, Corelli took on many roles beyond performing and composition, including conducting orchestras and directing theatrical productions. Corelli passed away in 1713, and was buried in the Pantheon.

Featured Pieces

Opus 1, a collection of 12 trio sonatas (church sonatas), was dedicated on April 30th, 1681.

Sonata “La Folia”, for violin and keyboard; Opus 5, no. 12 (1700). This sonata is based on a popular dance melody known as “la folia” (the folly) that originated in Portugal. The dance gained popularity throughout Europe in the 16th–18th centuries, and was used in over 150 compositions.

The Christmas Concerto for 2 solo violins, string orchestra, and continuo; Opus 6, no. 8 (1714). This popular concerto grosso  was written for Christmas, with the given title Fatto per la notte di Natale (“Made for the night of Christmas”).


 

This article about Corelli is the first installment of JSI’s blog:

Gut Feeling: A Look at String Players of the Past.


Musicologist Stephen Loikith holds Bachelor’s Degrees in music from Lebanon Valley College and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Brandeis University.  His research focuses on producing specialized concerts in the Boston area, including a concert in 2014 for viol consort produced as a part of Sudbury’s and Wayland’s 375th anniversary celebrations.  Additionally, he is a free-lance French hornist.  Stephen has been a part of Johnson String Instrument since 2009, and is a part of the Receiving and Inventory Control department.

Cellos & Cello Bows Exhibit!

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Carriage House Violins has designated March 2015 as Cello month and will be offering an expanded selection of cellos and cello bows for sale.

Selected cellos and bows are now on display in our Contemporary Cello & Cello Bow Exhibit, featuring some of today’s finest makers (see below). For trial information, please contact our cello sales consultant Robert Mayes at rmayes@carriagehouseviolins.com or 617-262-0051 ext 306. If you are shopping for a cello or cello bow, now is a great time to buy!

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Cello makers featured in the exhibit include Michele Ashley, Paul Crowley, Nicolas Gilles, James McKean, David Polstein, Guy Rabut, Benjamin Ruth, Arthur Toman, Gregory Walke, Lawrence Wilke, among others.

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Bow makers include John Aniano, Emmanuel Begin, Jon Crumrine, Pierre-Yves Fuchs, Éric Gagné, Jianfeng Lee, Rodney Mohr, Eric Lane, Georges Tepho, and many more.

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Visit the Carriage House Violins facebook page for featured instruments and bows in the exhibit! We will post a featured cello or cello bow daily throughout March.

To view complete listings of instruments and bows for sale at Carriage House Violins, please visit carriagehouseviolins.com. You can always contact one of our knowledgable sales consultants to schedule an appointment to play the instruments in our shop, or set up a home trial!


Also during Cello Month, Johnson String Instrument is having a sale on select cello music and accessories. Check it out!

'March is Cello Month! See our website for lots of cello music & accessories on sale: http://www.johnsonstring.com/catalog/sale/index.htm'

Click here to see more events scheduled during Cello Month at Carriage House Violins.

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Carriage House Violins location and store hours


March is Cello Month!

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It’s Cello Month at Carriage House Violins!

Throughout the month of March, Carriage House Violins—Johnson String Instrument’s sales division—will host a number of exciting events especially for cellists. Lectures, performances, and an instrument exhibition are among the upcoming events, all taking place in the concert hall at Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.

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The Concert Hall at Carriage House Violins


Cello Month Events

Click here to visit the Cello Month page on the Carriage House Violins website to see the list of remaining events. We are excited to present a number of performances, including a concert by the sensational Boston Cello Quartet, a concert by pioneering cellist and composer Mike Block, an all-Schubert concert to benefit Music For Food, and a concert to honor long-time principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jules Eskin. Also, don’t miss a lecture about cellos in the 18th century presented by Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society.

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The Boston Cello Quartet

Friday, March 13, 2015 – The Boston Cello Quartet – Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, Alexandre Lecarme, cellos.  (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – Mike Block, cellist – solo performance

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – Jules Eskin Tribute

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Jules Eskin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – All Schubert Concert  to benefit Music for Food, with cellist Blaise Dejardin, pianist Andrei Baumann, and  The Muir Quartet with cellist Robert Mayes.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – The Cello in the 18th Century – Gallery Talk and Demonstration


Contemporary Instrument Exhibition

During Cello Month, an expanded selection of cellos and bows for sale will be offered at Carriage House Violins. These instruments will be on display in an instrument exhibition featuring renowned modern makers. If you are shopping for a cello or bow, this is a great time to visit us to try the instruments in the collection, and speak to our knowledgable sales consultants at Carriage House Violins!

Click here for the full listing of cello makers, and here for the listing of bow makers featured in our Cello Month Instrument Exhibition.

You can also learn about featured Cello Month instruments on the Carriage House Violins facebook page!


The Boston Cello Society

We’re pleased to announce the founding of the Boston Cello Society by the Carriage House Violins cello specialist, Robert Mayes. Click here to learn more!

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Guitars & Other Fretted Instruments

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Welcome to The Guitar Shop at Johnson String Instrument!

CHV.118_rob+guitar-kid_11x6While JSI’s excellent reputation for providing quality bowed instruments to aspiring string players has long been known (since 1976!), we want to spread the word about the success of our relatively new fretted instrument division: JSI’s Guitar Shop.

With the opening of The Guitar Shop in 2012, the Johnson family returned to their folk roots, recalling their very first music shop called the Columbus Folk Music Center, based in Columbus, Ohio in the 1960s. Here, Roger and Carol Johnson played host to Jerry Garcia, Peter Seeger, Doc Watson, and other folk, old-time, and blues musicians.

Roger Johnson with Gibson harp guitar, 1965

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Carol Johnson with autoharp, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the family moved to Newton, Massachusetts in 1974, violins, violas, and cellos became the focus, and Johnson String Instrument grew to become the largest bowed string instrument shop in New England. Today, with the addition of a wide selection of acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukuleles offered at JSI’s Guitar Shop, Johnson String Instrument has become the most comprehensive stringed instrument company on the East coast, opening up vast possibilities of music-making to our customers!

The Guitar Shop at JSI carries some of the finest fretted instruments at the best value to be found. We’ve chosen the best-sounding models of guitars (steel and nylon-string), mandolins, and ukuleles from renowned fretted instrument companies, including Cordoba, Eastman, Northfield, and Yamaha, and have begun our own line of 1/2-size and full-size guitars: The AJ Series Guitars. Set up to our exacting standards, we ensure that our fretted instruments are easy to play and produce a beautiful tone quality. JSI’s Guitar Shop also offers fretted instrument accessories and setup services.

To learn more about fretted instruments at Johnson String, watch the video below, visit The Guitar Shop on the Johnson String Instrument website, and keep an eye on our blog site!