For a composer who was so important in the development of the sonata and concerto, there's a surprising lack on infomation about the early years of Arcangelo Corelli. This we do know: by the age of 22, he was working in Rome, where he would make a name for himself, performing for heads of state and the church. And his sphere of influence extended well beyond Italy; Bach studied Corelli's works, and used them as inspiration. Corelli's legacy was insured by his many students, who included Geminiani, Locatelli and others who carried on his lessons, and by the many concertos and sonatas that are still being performed and enjoyed 345 years later.
Performance Rochester 2020 closes with the Rochester Oratorio Society's "Magnificat" concert in the Hochstein Performance Hall on November 1, 2019. In a evening of choral works, Artistic Director Eric Townell let the ROS Orchestra take the spotlight with Corelli's Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D-Major, op. 6.