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Title

Pietro Antonio Locatelli: The Baroque Virtuoso

Award Winner

Recipient of the 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Scholarship Award, Creative Performances - First Place (2019)

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Presentation Type

Creative Performance

Abstract

Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695 – 1764) was a composer and violinist who had a profound impact on the development of violin technique. One of his most influential and well-known pieces is The Art of the Violin which he wrote in 1733 while he was living in Amsterdam. This work uses multiple extended techniques, that were not common at the time, and did not become common for another 100 years. Locatelli is not completely unknown, but he is rarely discussed in music history or string literature classes, much less in conversations that occur outside of the classical music sphere. The twelfth concerto in L’Arte del Violino is unique because it is the only concerto to contain a nickname. Above its numerical title, Locatelli wrote “The Harmonic Labyrinth: Easy to enter, difficult to escape.” This title particularly applies to the caprice, a specific, cadenza like section in the first movement of this concerto. In this presentation, I will focus primarily on this caprice, and talk about some of the reasons it may have this nickname, perform the caprice, and talk briefly about why this composer and piece are still relevant today.

Start Date

3-4-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 2:00 PM

Year of Award

2019 Award

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ross Winter

Department

School of Music

File Format

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Embargo Date

4-30-2019

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Apr 3rd, 12:00 PM Apr 3rd, 2:00 PM

Pietro Antonio Locatelli: The Baroque Virtuoso

Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695 – 1764) was a composer and violinist who had a profound impact on the development of violin technique. One of his most influential and well-known pieces is The Art of the Violin which he wrote in 1733 while he was living in Amsterdam. This work uses multiple extended techniques, that were not common at the time, and did not become common for another 100 years. Locatelli is not completely unknown, but he is rarely discussed in music history or string literature classes, much less in conversations that occur outside of the classical music sphere. The twelfth concerto in L’Arte del Violino is unique because it is the only concerto to contain a nickname. Above its numerical title, Locatelli wrote “The Harmonic Labyrinth: Easy to enter, difficult to escape.” This title particularly applies to the caprice, a specific, cadenza like section in the first movement of this concerto. In this presentation, I will focus primarily on this caprice, and talk about some of the reasons it may have this nickname, perform the caprice, and talk briefly about why this composer and piece are still relevant today.