The Adagio in G minor for strings and organ continuo is
believed to be a neo-baroque composition by Remo
Giazotto. It is usually referred to as "Albinoni's
Adagio", or "Adagio in G minor by Albinoni, arranged by
Giazotto", but many scholars believe it is an entirely
original work by Giazotto.
It was supposedly based on a fragment of a
second-movement basso continuo line from a "Sonata in G
minor" by Tomaso Albinoni purportedly found among the
ruins of the old Saxon State Library, Dresden, after it
was firebombed by the Allies during World War II, but
since Giazotto's death in 1998 it has emerged that no
such fragment has been found or recorded to have been
in possession by the Saxon State Library, and it is
presumed the piece is entirely his own composition.
The piece is most commonly orchestrated for string
ensemble and organ, or string ensemble alone, but has
achieved a level of fame such that it is commonly
transcribed for other instruments.
The piece has also permeated popular culture, having
been used as background music for such films as
Gallipoli, television programmes and in
Although this Work was originally written for Strings,
I created this arrangement for Viola and Concert