Personalities | Giuseppe Torelli | Early Baroque | Classical
(Joo-sep’-pe Tô-rel’-le) 1658–1709
Torelli was born in Verona, but moved to Bologna in the early 1680s where, like Corelli, he became a member of the Accademia dei Filarmonici. He was a violin virtuoso and teacher who studied with Giacomo Antonio Perti (1661–1756) in Bologna. There he joined the orchestra of S Petronio. He travelled to Germany and Austria during the 1690s; the Dresden violinist and composer Johann Georg Pisendel (1687–1755) became one of his pupils. He wrote prolifically for trumpet and strings and played an important role in the development of the concerto. His 12 most stylistically advanced pieces were published shortly after his death as Concerti grossi con una pastorale per il Ss Natale.
Concertos, Collegium Musicum 90 (dir) Simon Standage (Chandos)
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