Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671 – 1751) was an Italian
Baroque composer. While famous in his day as an opera
composer, he is mainly remembered today for his
instrumental music, such as the concertos.
12 Concerti a cinque (op. 9) is a collection of
concertos by the Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni,
published in 1722.
The most famous piece from Albinoni's Opus 9 is the
Concerto in D minor for oboe (Opus 9, Number 2). It is
known for its slow movement. This concerto is probably
the second best-known work of Albinoni after the Adagio
in G minor (which was once believed to be a
reconstruction based on a fragment by Albinoni). The
concertos were dedicated to Maximilian II Emanuel,
Elector of Bavaria, and were first published in
Amsterdam. It is possible, but not certain, that they
were written in the Elector's court during a 1722 visit
there by Albinoni during performances of his theatrical
This concerto in D minor for oboe and strings (Op 9 No
2) was originally composed for Oboe & Baroque orchestra
and is considered to be Albinoni’s best solo concerto.
After an energetic first movement, characterized by
dotted rhythms, comes this ravishing Adagio movement.
Accompanied by repeated chords in the lower strings and
a harp-like configuration in the first violin, the
soloist has a soaring line: here is Albinoni at his
most appealingly melodic. The concluding movement keeps
both soloist and orchestra busy with an imitative
arpeggiated figure and plenty of counterpoint.
Although originally written for Oboe, Strings and
Continuo, I created this arrangement for Solo Viola &
Strings (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).