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: A Concert of the Italian Classical Period

Winifred Small (Violin) and Maurice Cole (Pianoforte)

Happily, we now hear broadcast a good deal of the music of that great Violinist-Composer of the seventeenth century, Archangela Corelli.
Corelli, the first of the great Violinists, may be said to have established the basis of modern Violin technique, and his style in the composition of Sonatas was adopted by Handel in his later instrumental works.
It is doubtful if Galuppi's name would be much remembered now had not Browning used him as a peg on which to hang his poem, A Toccata of Galuppi. This Composer's Comic Operas (in which he collaborated with that other and perhaps more famous Italian, Goldoni) were very popular in the eighteenth century, both in Italy and in England.
Paisiello saw some changes, and had one or two ups and downs, in his busy life. He was at one time attached to the Court of the Empress Catherine of Russia, where he wrote The Barber of Seville. Then he became director of music to Ferdinand IV of Naples, and during this period he wrote the Opera from which we are to hear an air.
The Bononcini (or Buononcini) family flourished strongly both in Italy and England.
The most famous member is the son, Giovanni Battista, who was a contemporary of Handel in London.
Tartini had a somewhat disturbed youth, for he was driven from his native Padua on account of a secret marriage. He took refuge at a monastery at Assisi, worked hard at fiddling, and when he could safely return to Padua, built up a noted school of violin playing.


Pianoforte: Maurice Cole
Unknown: Archangela Corelli
Unknown: Giovanni Battista


At the Piano, Mrs. FARNELL-WATSON

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