Locatelli, Pietro


Celebrated violinist; born at Bergamo. He was a pupil of Corelli at Rome. After much traveling he went to Holland, where he took up his residence in Amsterdam, and established public concerts. He published ten or twelve compositions, which include sonatas; concertos; and caprices for the violin. He was one of the first who sought to extend the technique of the violin by playing in several parts (double-stopping) and by different modes of tuning. He was a great and original virtuoso and in his serious works shows himself an able follower of his great master.