9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music


Corelli's Music in Spanish Royal Chapel

Pablo-L. Rodríguez

As regards the dissemination of Corelli's music in Europe, Spain has usually been left aside. The autarchy of Spanish musicology has brought about an almost exclusive focus on national topics; this is probably one of the principal reasons of the absence of research on international repertory in the Spanish musicological agenda. The first step towards a preliminary report on the presence of Corelli's music in Spanish archives and libraries was made by Craig H. Russell in the 1980s. But since then, there has been no research on the institutions and contexts in which this music was performed and listened.

My paper will be based on a newly found source of the Corelli's sonata for trumpet, violins and continuo preserved in the Segovia Cathedral archive and probably related to the late seventeenth-century Spanish Royal Chapel. This paper will explore the performing context of this work in the madrilian court. It will also show how the presence of many Italian violinists in the court chapel in the 1680s and 1690s eased the reception of the Italian trio sonata for which Corelli's music was probably a fashionable model.

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