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Locatelli, Pietro (1695-1764)

Pietro Locatelli

born: 3 September 1695
died: 30 March 1764
country: Italy

'Locatelli must surely be allowed by all to be a Terre moto … Mais pourtant, Messrs, quels Coups d’archet!, Quel Feu! Quelle Vitesse! … He plays with so much Fury upon his Fiddle, that in my humble opinion, he must wear out some Dozens of them in a year.'

These words written by an English gentleman, a certain Thomas Dampier, vividly portray one of the most enterprising, strong-willed and ultimately significant of eighteenth-century instrumentalists: the composer and virtuoso violinist Pietro Antonio Locatelli.

After acquiring a basic grounding in music in Bergamo, where he had been born in 1695, Locatelli set off for Rome at the age of sixteen, possibly hoping to complete his training under Corelli’s guidance. It is doubtful whether this actually took place, for in 1712 the illustrious master was already a sick man and was to die the next year. More plausibly Locatelli had lessons with Giuseppe Valentini, another highly acclaimed virtuoso. At that time Rome was a stimulating environment for a young musician and it was there that Locatelli matured his art, benefitting from the abundance of musical activities offered by its many chapels and private academies. In 1723 he was ready to tackle a wider audience and began his ‘years of pilgrimage’, spent at a series of courts and major musical centres round Europe (Mantua, Venice, Munich, Dresden and Berlin, for example). At each he attracted exceptional interest, but eventually his indomitable spirit, pride and sense of purpose prompted him to escape from the narrow bondage of the courts and in 1729 he settled in Amsterdam where he was to die in 1764. Particular attractions of the city were an active cultural life and the prestige of the music publishers. And here, surrounded by generous patrons of the wealthy Amsterdam nobility, Locatelli was able to devote himself to composition and, above all, to the publication and continual revision of his works (an operation that incidentally makes it very difficult, at times even impossible, to trace his stylistic development).

from notes by Fulvia Morabito © 1997
English: Hugh Ward-Perkins

Albums

Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Op 1
CDD220662CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Locatelli: L'Arte del Violino
CDS44391/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Locatelli: Sonatas Op 4
CDD220642CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Locatelli: Sonatas Op 8
CDD220572CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Locatelli: Violin Sonatas
CDA66363Archive Service

Complete works available for download

Capriccio prova del' Intonatione in D majorThe Locatelli Trio
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 1 No 3Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in C major, Op 1 No 10Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 11Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 2Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 6Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 1 No 5Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 1 No 9Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op 1 No 4Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 1 No 1Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 1 No 7Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in F minor, Op 1 No 8Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 1 No 12Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in A major, Op 3 No 11Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in B flat major, Op 3 No 7Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in C major, Op 3 No 5Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in C minor 'à 5 da chiesa', Op 4 No 11The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Concerto in C minor, Op 3 No 2Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in D major 'Il Laberinto Armonico, facilis aditus, difficilis exitus', Op 3 No 12Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in D major, Op 3 No 1Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in D major, Op 4 No 7The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Concerto in E flat major 'da camera', Op 4 No 10The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Concerto in E major, Op 3 No 4Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in E minor, Op 3 No 8Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in F major 'à immitazione de Corni da Caccia', Op 4 No 8The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Concerto in F major, Op 3 No 10Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in F major, Op 3 No 3Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in F major, Op 4 No 12The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), Catherine Mackintosh (violin), Catherine Weiss (violin), Alison Bury (violin)
Concerto in G major, Op 3 No 9Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Concerto in G major, Op 4 No 9The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Concerto in G minor, Op 3 No 6Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Raglan Baroque Players, Nicholas Kraemer (conductor)
Introduttione in B flat major, Op 4 No 3The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Introduttione in C major, Op 4 No 6The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Introduttione in D major, Op 4 No 1The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Introduttione in D major, Op 4 No 5The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Introduttione in F major, Op 4 No 2The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Introduttione in G major, Op 4 No 4The Raglan Baroque Players, Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Sonata in A major, Op 8 No 10The Locatelli Trio, Rachel Isserlis (violin)
Sonata in A major, Op 8 No 7The Locatelli Trio, Rachel Isserlis (violin)
Sonata in C major, Op 8 No 4The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D major, Op 8 No 2The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in D major, Op 8 No 8The Locatelli Trio, Rachel Isserlis (violin)
Sonata in E flat major, Op 8 No 6The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in F major, Op 8 No 1The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in F minor, Op 8 No 9The Locatelli Trio, Rachel Isserlis (violin)
Sonata in G major, Op 8 No 5The Locatelli Trio
Sonata in G minor, Op 8 No 3The Locatelli Trio
Violin Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 6The Locatelli Trio
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 6 No 12The Locatelli Trio
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op 6 No 11The Locatelli Trio
Violin Sonata in F major, Op 6 No 2The Locatelli Trio

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Capriccio prova del' Intonatione in D major (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 1 No 3 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in C major, Op 1 No 10 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 11 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 2 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op 1 No 6 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 1 No 5 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 1 No 9 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op 1 No 4 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 1 No 1 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 1 No 7 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in F minor, Op 1 No 8 (Locatelli)
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 1 No 12 (Locatelli)
Concerto in A major, Op 3 No 11 (Locatelli)
Concerto in B flat major, Op 3 No 7 (Locatelli)
Concerto in C major, Op 3 No 5 (Locatelli)
Concerto in C minor 'à 5 da chiesa', Op 4 No 11 (Locatelli)
Concerto in C minor, Op 3 No 2 (Locatelli)
Concerto in D major 'Il Laberinto Armonico, facilis aditus, difficilis exitus', Op 3 No 12 (Locatelli)
Concerto in D major, Op 3 No 1 (Locatelli)
Concerto in D major, Op 4 No 7 (Locatelli)
Concerto in E flat major 'da camera', Op 4 No 10 (Locatelli)
Concerto in E major, Op 3 No 4 (Locatelli)
Concerto in E minor, Op 3 No 8 (Locatelli)
Concerto in F major 'à immitazione de Corni da Caccia', Op 4 No 8 (Locatelli)
Concerto in F major, Op 3 No 10 (Locatelli)
Concerto in F major, Op 3 No 3 (Locatelli)
Concerto in F major, Op 4 No 12 (Locatelli)
Concerto in G major, Op 3 No 9 (Locatelli)
Concerto in G major, Op 4 No 9 (Locatelli)
Concerto in G minor, Op 3 No 6 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in B flat major, Op 4 No 3 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in C major, Op 4 No 6 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in D major, Op 4 No 1 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in D major, Op 4 No 5 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in F major, Op 4 No 2 (Locatelli)
Introduttione in G major, Op 4 No 4 (Locatelli)
Sonata in A major, Op 8 No 10 (Locatelli)
Sonata in A major, Op 8 No 7 (Locatelli)
Sonata in C major, Op 8 No 4 (Locatelli)
Sonata in D major, Op 8 No 2 (Locatelli)
Sonata in D major, Op 8 No 8 (Locatelli)
Sonata in E flat major, Op 8 No 6 (Locatelli)
Sonata in F major, Op 8 No 1 (Locatelli)
Sonata in F minor, Op 8 No 9 (Locatelli)
Sonata in G major, Op 8 No 5 (Locatelli)
Sonata in G minor, Op 8 No 3 (Locatelli)
Violin Sonata in D major, Op 6 No 6 (Locatelli)
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 6 No 12 (Locatelli)
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op 6 No 11 (Locatelli)
Violin Sonata in F major, Op 6 No 2 (Locatelli)
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