Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1750)
Albinoni wrote some fifty operas but today is most noted for his instrumental music, especially his oboe concertos. His instrumental music greatly attracted the attention of Johann Sebastian Bach, who wrote at least two fugues on Albinoni's themes and constantly used his basses for harmony exercises for his pupils. Sadly, part of Albinoni's work was lost in World War II with the destruction of the Dresden State Library. The Albinoni Adagio in G Minor is a 1958 composition by Remo Giazotto based on fragments from a slow movement of a trio sonata he had been sent by the Dresden State Library.
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