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Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

Biography

Albinoni was an extremely important composer in his day; unfortunately, his music has not withstood the test of time like his more famous Italian contemporary Vivaldi. Ironically his main claim to fame is the Adagio in G Minor, an achingly beautiful piece often found on Baroque compilations and used in the Orson Welles film The Trial -- and one that the composer didn't really write. A sketch was found just after World War II by a musicologist who went on to make it into a full-fledged work of art. For music in the true Albinoni style, one can turn to his oboe and wind concertos, spry and lively pieces of music that reveal a deeply intense lyricism in their slow movements. This is the kind of emotional writing that was expanded upon to complete the aforementioned Adagio.
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