TOMASO ALBINONI (Born: June 8, 1671 – Died: January 17, 1751)
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni was a Venetian Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, some of which is still regularly recorded.
The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings, and organ continuo is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to Albinoni, but was actually composed by 20th-century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto. Giazotto claims the compositions was based on the discovery of a manuscript fragment by Albinoni. There is a continuing scholarly debate about whether the alleged fragment was real, or a musical hoax perpetrated by Giazotto, but there is no doubt about Giazotto’s authorship of the remainder of the work.