Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni was an Italian Baroque
composer in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Albinoni was born in Venice in the summer of 1671, the
eldest son of a wealthy merchant who manufactured
playing cards. From an early age Tomaso took violin
lessons, though his teachers are unknown. He became
proficient at both singing and violin, though was
unable to perform publicly as he was not a member of
the performers’ guild. He preferred to remain an
adilettante, a man of independent means who entertained
others with music.
Undiscouraged by his inability to perform publicly, he
turned to composition. His first compositions, in the
genre of church music, proved rather unsuccessful. The
only surviving work from this venture is his Mass for
three unaccompanied male voices. This, the Magnificat
in G Minor is often ascribed to him, but its
authenticity has yet to be proven.
Although originally written for Chorus (SATB), Violins,
Violoncello and Basso Continuo, I created this
arrangement of the Magnificat in G Minor for Solo Oboe
& Strings (2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello & Bass)