Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713) was an Italian violinist and composer. He was one of the earliest pioneers of the modern Violin, and helped define its capabilities for generations after. He only published 6 opuses in his lifetime, but they are arguably the most influential collection of baroque music that survives today. His Opus 5 was a collection of 12 Violin Sonatas, the only Sonatas he published. They were written for the composer’s own use and performed by him many times, showcasing the Violin technique he had developed over his career.
Adagio and Allegro are the last two movements in Corelli’s Sonata No.1 in D Major. Originally written for Violin and Harpsichord, they are published here for Violin and Piano.