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Haiku Wednesday: Arcangelo Corelli


Portrait of Arcangelo Corelli by Hugh Howard

“Concerti Grossi,
Arcangelo Corelli”
Said the disc label.

I had not heard it,
So thought I’d give it a try
One hectic morning.

And in the chaos
That swirled around me that day
Came a soothing calm.

Like spring’s first flowers,
A sunny day in winter,
Crisp cider in fall,
I don’t know how, but
Arcangelo Corelli
Somehow made me smile.

Arcangelo Corelli is perhaps best known for his development of the concerto grosso form and for his advancement of violin technique.  His set of 12 concerti (Op. 6) was published in 1714.  They inspired Handel to write his own set of concerti (also Op. 6).  Corelli’s concerti remain popular to this day.  There’s something about Corelli’s music.  Somehow, it seems to catch you unawares* and relax you.  It’s happy, without being cloying.  Pleasant, but not boring or insipid.  Engaging, but not overwhelming (on the day in question, Beethoven or Schubert, even Mozart, would have been a bad choice.  Too much drama!).  Some days, Corelli is the perfect fit.

Here is Corelli’s Concerto in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2, played on original instruments by Voices of Music.



* “unawares” is a strange, low-frequency English word that looks wrong, but isn’t.  It’s an adverb form that’s a leftover from Middle English, which also gave us “towards” and “afterwards.”  The more you know….

Image attribution: Portrait of Arcangelo Corelli by Hugh Howard, 1697, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons.


4 thoughts on “Haiku Wednesday: Arcangelo Corelli

  1. Haiku made me listen. Listening made me, indeed, smile.

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  2. Prosecco. Spumante. Frizzante. Tranquillo. Evocation. At some point the chamber was invented, and someone thought, a great place to play music. Breaking the silence of the canyon by making noise to hear the echo. I see the grasshopper playing for the ants. Any old thing to make us all merry. In the spirit of this post I googled adverbs that end with S. Which took me to WORDMOM and this list of familiar ones: always, amidships, besides, betimes, downstairs, eftsoons, hereabouts, indoors, nowadays, oftentimes, outdoors, overseas, perhaps, sometimes, upstairs, whereabouts. Music and words, bread and wine. I have gone pretty far afield here. Gaudeamus igitur.

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  3. Have you tried the complete set of Corelli’s Concerti Grossi by the French ensemble Gli Incognito? Simply beautiful!

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