June 1, 2015
It is at the very least curious that Tomaso Albinoni should be known almost exclusively for his Adagio, when he probably didn’t even write it himself: it seems that it was in fact a musicologist by the name of Remo Giazotto who, having found a manuscript after World War II in Dresden (how fitting) consisting of a bass line and a fragments of the violin score, actually wrote it whole. As such, the Adagio was unknown from the 17th century until after the war.
None of this should tarnish Albinoni’s competence of course: after all not many musicians of his time have had the honour of having his music used as subjects of a few of J.S. Bach’s fugues.