Above: Arcangelo Corelli
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ARCANGELO CORELLI (FEBRUARY 17, 1653-JANUARY 8, 1713)
Roman Catholic Musician and Composer
Arcangelo Corelli glorified God with his God-given talents.
Corelli, a native of Fusignano, near Imola, the Papal States, lived in Rome for most of his life. He moved around, but, for the majority of the time from 1675 to 1713, he was a resident of the Eternal City. The composer, who came from a prosperous family, was among the most respected violin virtuosos of his time. He also composed sonatas and concerti grossi (one of which was the Christmas Concerto). His compositions influenced some other great composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Our saint, a collector of violins and fine art, won the favor and patronage of monarchs, dukes, Cardinals, and Pope Alexander VIII (reigned 1689-1691).
Corelli also left a musical legacy that continues to add beauty to the world and enrich the lives of people.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 14, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF JOHN AMOS COMENIUS, FATHER OF MODERN EDUCATION
THE FEAST OF THE CONSECRATION OF SAMUEL SEABURY, FIRST EPISCOPAL BISHOP
THE FEAST OF WILLIAM ROMANIS, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER
Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:
We bless your name for inspiring Arcangelo Corelli and all those
who with music have filled us with desire and love for you;
through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Chronicles 29:14b-19
2 Corinthians 3:1-3
John 21:15-17, 24-25
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728