My friends, I was so pleased when I came up with the idea for this week’s piece for Wednesday Music. Christmas is rapidly approaching (I don’t think I’ve bought a single present yet!), so I thought I’d write about Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. Its proper name is Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, but is commonly known as the Christmas Concerto. Here’s a bit about it.

  • It’s called the Christmas Concerto because it has this inscription: Fatto per la notte di Natale, which means “made for the night of Christmas.” No one knows when it was composed, but Corelli performed a Christmas concerto in 1690 for his patron, so perhaps this was it.
  • The concerto has six movements. They’re pretty short, as the entire thing only takes about fifteen minutes to perform.
  • In the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, the two main characters play some arrangement of this as a duet for violin and cello.

Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Wednesday Music: Corelli’s Christmas Concerto

  1. I haven’t previously heard of this piece, but it has such a unique sound. Do you hear the tone of the music and the chords in first movement? They’re almost grating without being grating. So… odd. (Though, I can’t say why this is made for Christmas. :p)

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