Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, commonly known as the Christmas Concerto has become a celebrated masterpiece.
Download and Print Christmas Concerto (Corelli) | Easy Piano Sheet Music
It was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni and published in 1714. The concerto includes the inscription:
Fatto per la notte di Natale which means “Made for the Night of Christmas”
The actual composition date is unknown, but there is a record of Corelli offering a public performance of his work in 1690 for the enjoyment of his new patron.
This work consists of six movements, was written for a string ensemble and continuo.
- Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
- Largo. Pastorale ad libitum
This sheet music linked to is this post is for the celebrated final movement – a peaceful movement, written in pastoral form.
About the Composer
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher from the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of sonata and concerto forms, in establishing the violin as a predominant musical instrument (it was a new instrument at the time), and for his contribution to tonality and functional harmony.
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