Pietro Castrucci: Selected Recordings

6 Concerti grossi, Op. 3

Sonata ll in C Major

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Pietro Castrucci: 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

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Pietro Castrucci: 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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Pietro Castrucci: 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

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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

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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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Georg Phillip Telemann: Notes and Commentary

“‘If we wish to understand the extraordinary blaze of music that illuminated Germany from the time of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven,’ wrote Romain Rolland, ‘we must have some acquaintance with those who prepared this magnificent beacon; we must watch the lighting of the fire.’ One of those whom Rolland regarded as significant in the preparation of that beacon, and in the lighting of that fire, was Georg Philipp Telemann.”—David Ewen, The Complete Book of Classical Music

“Baroque master of 3,000 works.”—Phil Goulding, Classical Music

Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Sorau, Eisenach, and Frankfurt before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of the city’s five main churches. While Telemann’s career prospered, his personal life was always troubled: his first wife died only a few months after their marriage, and his second wife had extramarital affairs and accumulated a large gambling debt before leaving him. He lived from March 14, 1681, to June 25, 1767.

Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in history, at least in terms of surviving oeuvre, with at least 3,000 known pieces, and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time. He was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann’s music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.—From Wikipedia

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