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Pietro Antonio Locatelli


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Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695–1764) was an Italian composer and violinist.

Locatelli was born in Bergamo in Italy on 3rd September 1695. A child prodigy on the violin, he was sent to study in Rome under the direction of Arcangelo Corelli. Little is known of his subsequent activities except that he finally settled in Amsterdam in 1729, where he died on 30th March 1764.

Locatelli was a virtuoso violinist, said never to have played a wrong note — except once, when his little finger slipped and got stuck in the bridge of his instrument. As a composer, Locatelli’s works are mainly for the violin. His most significant publication is probably the Arte del violino, opus 3, a collection of twelve concertos for the instrument which incorporate twenty four technically demanding capriccios (or caprices); these could function as extended cadenzas, but are now usually extracted and played in isolation from the concertos.

Locatelli also wrote violin sonatas, a cello sonata, trio sonatas, concerti grossi and a set of flute sonatas (his opus 2). His early works show the influence of Arcangelo Corelli, while later pieces are closer to Antonio Vivaldi in style.


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  • Wooshmeister

    After taking a long break from Baroque music, I'm listening to his Flute Sonatas and liking them so far. Also, what's the "correct" tag? Pietro or Pietro Antonio?

    7 Jan 2:42am Reply
  • OG-Gurda


    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ccm_

    Love his work - one of the few composers that make me feel the same Vivaldi does

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Neitth

    Hello everyone!

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ehk2

    his opus 3 (l'arte del violino) is a true baroque metal, haha.

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mPandemonium

    Beauty, in Baroque underrated.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tracey_ga

    <3 <3 one of the greats of the baroque, needs to be better known <3 <3

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • JanetDraven

    i love it

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Jormungund

    Lolcatelli ; D

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LouisAlexander

    lol his nose hahaha. great violin music tho, so very few comments wtf? :(

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    I love his concerti grossi - especially "Il Pianto d'Arianna", the no. 6 from his op. 7. Most especially...

    11 Dec 2008 Reply

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