Published in Current Musicology, Volume 34, January 1, 1982, pages 42-52. Copyright © 1982 Columbia University.
Although it has long been known that Arcangelo Corelli's music was immensely popular across most of Europe, it has not been widely recognized that he was revered and acclaimed by the Spanish. The fact is that they regarded him as one of the preeminent composers of the eighteenth century. His works were copied out into many contemporaneous manuscripts, and the leading Spanish theorists of the time, progressive and conservative alike, mentioned him frequently and always with a tone of admiration and respect.