Corelli' s principal works consist of six volumes
of instrumental works, with twelve works in each print. The first four
contain "trio" sonatas (that is, works scores for two violins, cello,
and basso continuo); the fifth contains "solo" sonatas (that is, works
for violin and basso continuo); the sixth contains concerti grossi.
Method of identification of works:
By opus number and work number,
e.g., Op. 1, No. 12. In the case of Corelli, these designations are
Overview of sources used:
The edition made by Friedrich Chrysander and
published by Augener has been used for much of the encoding. This has
been supplemented with additions and variants from facsimile editions
of prints contemporaneous with Corelli, particularly in the case of
Opp. 3 and 5.
The recent catalogue of H. J. Marx (Die
Überlieferung der Werke Arcangelo Corellis: Catalogue
[a supplement to Arcangelo Corelli: Historisch-kritische Gesamtausgabe
der musikalischen Werke], Cologne: Arno Volk-Verlay-Hans Gerig, 1980)
is highly recommended, but its use is not required to understand the
identifying information given in these databases.
The title for all works in Vols. 1-5 is simply the
generic "sonata" followed by the opus number and the number of the work
within the opus (e.g., Sonata Op. 1, No. 12).
For the church sonatas, tempo words (Allegro,
Adagio) are normally the only designations given at the start of
movements. Not all movements have such designations. In the case
of the chamber sonatas, a large vocabulary of dance-movement types
(Allemande, Gavotte, Gigue, etc.) is employed. These may additionally
have tempo specifications.
A significant number of compound designations (e.g., Allegro-Adagio)
occurs in the music of Corelli.