Italian composer and oboist Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini was born in Milan on 6 January 1695, the son of French oboist Alexis Saint Martin. With his brother, Giovanni Battista Sammartini, he moved to London, where he became oboist in the opera orchestra, raising the profile of the oboe, and was known as 'St Martini of London'. Later he worked for Frederick, Prince of Wales. He also played in Handel's orchestra.
Giuseppe Sammartini wrote many sonatas and an opera, The Judgement of Paris. He was known as 'St Martini of London'' (and his brother was known as 'St Martini of Milan'). He died in London during the week of 17 November 1750.
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