I have a real treat for you today, dear Wednesday Music listeners. Today’s piece is Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor. Here’s a bit about it.
- Okay, I’ve somewhat misled everyone by the title of this post. The composer Tomaso Albinoni, a Baroque composer known for his opera music in his lifetime, didn’t actually write this. A musicologist discovered a fragment of Albinoni’s music after World War II and wrote an entire piece based on it. It’s still really beautiful, though.
- The fragment this piece was based on was probably composed around 1708 as part of a church sonata.
- The piece is usually orchestrated for a string ensemble, or a string ensemble and organ. Since becoming famous, there have been other arrangements, though. The video I’ve posted is just a string ensemble playing it.