Tomaso Albinoni, a composer noted for his oboe concertos, was born (8 June 1671) and died (17 January 1751) in Venice. His father, Antonio, was a wealthy Venetian paper merchant, and Tomaso remained comfortably well off without having to seek posts in the church or at court. He studied piano and singing, and was married in 1705. We know little about his life - some of his work was lost in World War 2 when Dresden State Library was destroyed. Besides his numerous works for instrumental ensemble, forty-two operas are extant, and Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, invited him to direct two of these in Munich. The popular Adagio for organ and strings was constructed by musicologist Remo Giazotto on a fragment, thereby reducing its historical value.
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