Personalities | Pietro Antonio Locatelli | Late Baroque | Classical

(Pe-a’-tro An-ton’-yo Lo-ka-tel’-le) 1695–1764
Italian composer and violinist

Locatelli studied at Bergamo and Rome, where he played for Cardinal Ottoboni. After a short appointment as virtuoso da camera (court virtuoso) at the Mantuan court (1725–27), Locatelli travelled throughout Austria and Germany appearing as a virtuoso – on one occasion with Leclair. He settled in Amsterdam in 1729 where he taught, composed and published his music. Five sets of concertos were issued between 1721 and 1762; the earliest is stylistically indebted to Corelli. Notably in his L’arte del violino (op. 3, 1733), Locatelli explored wider virtuosic possibilities in violin technique.

Recommended Recording:
Concerti grossi, Sinfonia in F minor, Europa Galante (sol & dir) Fabio Biondi (Opus 111)

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