Pietro Castrucci, 1679-1752

Castrucci

Selected Recordings

6 Concerti grossi, Op. 3

Sonata ll in C Major

Sonata d moll

Selected Sheet Music

Opus 2, No.4, Mvt. 1, Andante No. 4
castrucci-sheet

Source: Music in the Galant Style

Showcase Piece

Op. 3 No. 12 / Concerto grosso

Notes and Commentary

Pietro Castrucci was an Italian violinist and composer. He was born in Rome, where he studied with Arcangelo Corelli. In 1715, he settled in London, where he became known as one of the finest virtuoso violinists of his generation. By 1718 he had become leader of the opera orchestra of George Frideric Handel, a position he held until 1737, when he was succeeded by the younger John Clegg. In 1739 he became one of the first beneficiaries of the Royal Society of Musicians and was little heard of thereafter, apart from an erroneous report of his death in 1746. After a benefit concert in Dublin in 1750, he died there of malaria in 1752. Despite being by then a pauper, he was buried with full ceremony in St. Mary’s Church, Dublin. Castrucci was the inventor of the “violetta marina,” which is a variation of the viola d’amore. More on Castrucci’s violetta marina. Handel wrote obbligati for this instrument. He lived from 1679 to March 7, 1752.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

Music in the Galant Style
Oxfor Univ. Press, 2007
Robert Gjerdingen
$42.77 on Amazon

Galant

“This is an outstanding book. It is one of the most informative, enjoyable, fascinating, and thought-provoking books on music that I have ever read. Through hundreds of musical examples, it demonstrates how extensively the music of the “galant” 18th-century era was based on the skillful treatment and combination of a limited number of basic schemata.”—Olli Väisälä on Amazon

The Cambridge Companion to the Violin
Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993
Robin Stowell, ed.
$31.13 on Amazon

cambridge

“As an adult beginner, this excellent book provides one with the highlights to the violin’s history, construction, repertoire, and pedagogy, among other subjects. This book is also an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys listening to the violin. Being a teacher at a fine arts high school, I have recommended this book to my students who are studying violin.”—Amazon review

Selected Music

Castrucci Grossi 6 Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 (2001), 1 CD

castrucci-2 Italian Musicians in London (1997), 1 CD

castrucci 3 The Grand Tour, 1 CD

More Pietro Castrucci music

Complete Works

The following is a partial list of Castrucci’s works.

1. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 3/4: Adagio Andantino
2. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 3/4: Allegro Ardito
3. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 3/4: Adagio un poco Andantino
4. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 3/4: Allegro spirituoso
5. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/9: Allegro Moderato. Adagio
6. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/9: Vivace
7. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/9: Andantino Pianissimo sempre
8. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/9: Andante
9. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/9: Allegro
10. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/6: Allegro
11. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/6: Adagio
12. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/6: Giga. Allegro
13. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3/12: Introduzione: Allegro
14. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3/12: Adagio Andantino
15. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3/12: Allegro
16. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3/12: Gavotta: Andante
17. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 3/12: Finale con L’Eco: Andantino
18. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/5: Andante Moderato
19. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/5: Allegro
20. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/5: Adagio un poco Andante
21. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/5: Allegro. Adagio
22. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3/5: Gavotta: Allegro. Andante Piano. Allegro
23. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/11: Preludio un poco Andante
24. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/11: Allegro
25. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/11: Sarabanda: Andantino. Piano sempre
26. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 3/11: Allegro. Alla francese
Sonata ll in C Major
Sonata d moll

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