The celebrated composer Arcangelo Corelli, one of the giants of Baroque music, died in Rome on January 8th, 1713, a few weeks short of his sixtieth birthday.
Corelli was given the great honour of being interred in the Pantheon, where the plaque notes that he was also a violinist of high renown (LIIRISTI CELEBERRIMO).
The plaque reads (in translation):
God, the best and the greatest
To Arcangelo Corelli of Fusignano
Marquis of Ladensburg by favour of Philip Wilhelm, Count Palatine of the Rhine,
Prince and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Because of his outstanding gifts of intellect
and unequalled skill in musical measures
he was exceedingly dear to the Supreme Pontiffs
and an object of wonder in Italy and abroad.
By leave of Clement XI, Supreme and most excellent Pontiff,
Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, Vice Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church,
and Protector of France,
for the purpose of committing his name to immortality
undertook to have this monument set up
for a violinist of high renown
who had long numbered among his intimate friends.
He lived fifty-nine years, ten months, twenty days.
He died on January 8th in the year of Salvation 1713.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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