Corelli’s “Pifa”

In the middle of Handel’s Messiah is a piece called “Pifa,” played only by the orchestra.
The “Pifa,” which takes its name from the pifferi, or shepherds’ flutes, was used as a title not only by Handel but also by other contemporary composers.
It was a kind of convention. Corelli, a composer of the Baroque era, also included a “Pifa” in his concerto grosso. It is quite interesting to compare it to Handel’s.

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