Alessandro Ignazio Marcello (1673-1747) was an Italian
nobleman and musician.A contemporary of Tomaso
Albinoni, Marcello was the son of a senator in Venice.
As such, he enjoyed a comfortable life that gave him
the scope to pursue his interest in music. He held
concerts in his hometown and also composed and
published several sets of concertos, including six
concertos under the title of La Cetra (The Lyre), as
well as cantatas, arias, canzonets, and violin sonatas.
Marcello, being a slightly older contemporary of
Antonio Vivaldi, often composed under the pseudonym
Eterio Stinfalico, his name as a member of the
celebrated Arcadian Academy (Pontificia Accademia degli
Arcadi). He died in Padua in 1747
The Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor,
attributed to Alessandro Marcello, is one of the most
performed oboe concertos in the repertory. It was
written in the early 18th century and has become
Marcello's most famous work. Bach wrote a keyboard
transcription of the concerto.
Although the concerto was first published as
Alessandro's in the early 18th century, it was grouped
with Vivaldi concertos in some 18th century manuscripts
and the 19th century first print of Bach's arrangement.
One manuscript of the oboe version attributed it to
Alessandro's brother Benedetto, and that was how the
concerto was known for a large part of the 20th
century, but from the late 20th century the concerto is
generally again attributed to Alessandro.
Although originally written for Oboe and Strings (2
Violins, Viola & Cello), I created this arrangement for
Solo Viola & Piano.