Al Ayre Español
The San Jeronimo Monastery
Saturday 17 July 12:30 Singing and Chiming. Ancient and Baroque Sounds
Singing and Chiming. Ancient and Baroque Sounds


Al Ayre Español

Eduardo López Banzo, organ and direction



La soave armonia. Corelli and the Sonata da Chiesa


Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

Sonata Nº 12 in A major (1689)

Sonata Nº 10 in A minor (1689)

Antonio Caldara (1670-1736)

Sonata Nº 5 in E minor (1693)

Sonata Nº 9 in B minor (1693)

Tomaso Albinoni (1669-1751)

Sonata Nº 3 in A major (1694)

Sonata Nº 8 in B minor (1694)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Fuga on a theme by Albinoni, BWV 951a (1710)

Arcangelo Corelli

Sonata Nº 4 in B minor (1689)

Concert with no interval

Your Majesty the Sonata

“Sonata, what do you want from me?” This famous expression attributed to Fontenelle perfectly testifies how during the Baroque the sonata became the instrumental genre of reference, conquering even the France that most fiercely opposed the spread of the Italian style. In the development of the genre there is a before and after Corelli. Corelli did not invent the sonata, of course, but he gave it the tonal and formal stability that would make it not only the undisputed queen of the first half of the 18th century, but also the seed that would later allow the emergence of Classicism. Corelli is thus the centre of this program, since all later composers drank from him, even Bach, who amused himself by arranging Italian pieces, always from the contrapuntal richness of his unmistakable style.