Twelve concerti grossi, Op. 6 (Corelli)

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Arcangelo Corelli

Twelve concerti grossi, Op. 6, is a collection of twelve concerti written by Arcangelo Corelli probably in the 1680s but not prepared for publication until 1714. They are among the finest and first examples of concerti grossi: concertos for a concertino group (here a 1st violin, a 2nd violin and a cello) and a ripieno group of strings with continuo. Their publication — decades after their composition and after Italian composers had moved to favor the ritornello concerto form associated with Vivaldi — caused waves of concerto grosso writing in Germany and England, where in 1739 Georg Friedrich Händel honored Corelli directly with his own “Opus 6” collection of twelve.

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The first eight are concerti da chiesa while the last four are concerti da camera.

No. 1 in D major[edit]

  1. Largo – Allegro
  2. Largo – Allegro
  3. Largo
  4. Allegro
  5. Allegro

c. 12 minutes

No. 2 in F major[edit]

  1. Vivace – Allegro – Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Grave – Largo
  4. Allegro

c. 10 minutes

No. 3 in C minor[edit]

  1. Largo
  2. Allegro – Adagio
  3. Grave
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro

c. 10 minutes

No. 4, in D major[edit]

  1. Adagio – Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Vivace
  4. Allegro – Giga: Presto

c. 10 minutes

No. 5, in B major[edit]

  1. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro – Adagio
  4. Largo
  5. Allegro

c. 11 minutes

No. 6, in F major[edit]

  1. Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Largo
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro

c. 12 minutes

No. 7, in D major[edit]

  1. Vivace – Allegro – Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Andante largo
  4. Allegro
  5. Vivace

c. 9 minutes

No. 8, in G minor[edit]

Also known as the Christmas Concerto as it was written for Christmas Eve and has a pastorale in the last movement.

  1. Vivace – Grave
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro - Pastorale: Largo

c. 14 minutes

No. 9, in F major[edit]

  1. Preludio: Largo
  2. Allemanda: Allegro
  3. Corrente: Vivace
  4. Gavotta: Allegro
  5. Adagio
  6. Minuetto: Vivace

c. 9 minutes

No. 10, in C major[edit]

  1. Preludio: Largo
  2. Allemanda: Allegro
  3. Adagio
  4. Corrente: Vivace
  5. Allegro
  6. Minuetto: Vivace

c. 13 minutes

No. 11, in B major[edit]

  1. Preludio: Largo
  2. Allemanda: Allegro
  3. Adagio
  4. Largo
  5. Sarabanda: Largo
  6. Giga: Vivace

c. 10 minutes

No. 12, in F major[edit]

  1. Preludio: Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio
  4. Sarabanda: Vivace
  5. Giga: Allegro

c. 10 minutes

Length estimates are drawn from the recording by The English Concert.

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