Concerto grosso Op. 6, No. 8 (5/6)
Christmas Concerto - Per la notte di natale - Allegro
This lively Allegro in G minor is the fifth of six movements in Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8.
This Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 by Arcangelo Corelli is commonly known as his Christmas Concerto, because it bears the inscription Fatto per la notte di Natale ["Composed for the night of Christmas"].
It was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published posthumously in 1714 as part of the Twelve concerti grossi, Op. 6.
The Christmas Concerto was composed around 1690, since there is a record of Corelli having that year performed a Christmas concerto for the enjoyment of his then-new patron.
The concerto was originally scored for an ensemble consisting of two concertino violins and cello, ripieno strings and continuo.
The work is structured as a concerto da chiesa, in this case expanded from a typical four movement structure to six movements :
- Vivace, 3/4 -- Grave. Arcate, sostenuto e come stà, 4/2
- Allegro, common time
- Adagio -- Allegro -- Adagio, common time, E-flat major
- Vivace, 3/4
- Allegro, cut time
- Largo. Pastorale ad libitum, 12/8, G major
Each relatively short movement features multiple tempi and a range of major and minor suspensions.
The complete concerto is generally no longer than fifteen minutes, ending with Corelli's famous Pastorale, a peaceful 12/8 finale in the pastorale form.
This score is an arrangement for two violins with piano accompaniment.
The violin parts are appropriate for Grade 4 violin students.
The violin I part can be played entirely in the first position.
The violin II part is to be played in the first and third positions.
Duration : 03:08
Source : Arcangelo Corelli, 12 Concerti grossi, Op. 6 (Amsterdam, 1714).
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