Tomaso Albinoni (1671–1750/51) Concerto in G major
original scoring: ob,str,bc
20 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 104 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-48851-5 | Softcover
Unlike Tomaso Albinoni's other oboe concertos, this work bears no opus number even though it was published in England during the composer's lifetime. It is now available for the first time in a modern edition. It is a perfect complement to the seven Albinoni concertos from opus 9 in the MUSICA RARA catalogue which have long been attracting widespread interest.
Tomaso Albinoni was born in Venice on 8 June 1671 and died there on 17 January 1750/51. He came from a prosperous family and only seldom left his homeland for trips. At the beginning of his musical career, he considered himself an amateur (“dilettante veneto”), but after the death of his father he began calling himself a violin player (“musico di violino”). Even though he composed many cantatas and operas, he is known today as one of the Baroque period’s most prolific composers for the oboe. Apart from the famous oboe concertos opp. 7 and 9, most of which are published in the Musica Rara collection (Breitkopf & Härtel), there are also a few works without opus number. Among these is the present G major concerto for oboe, strings and basso continuo. It was published in the 18th century (probably in 1728) by Walsh & Hare, London, in the collection Harmonia mundi … 2nd Collection, but has not been reissued to date in a modern edition. The present edition is based on this early print, which is housed in the British Library (which has kindly authorized the publication) under the shelf mark g.419.a.
The inaccuracies of the early print edition, in particular in the harmonization, were tacitly corrected. The oboe part can also be performed by a violin, especially if one doubles the soloist with the strings and takes into consideration the range found in the two measures of the last movement in which the part goes down to g and is thus too low for the oboe. For this reason I used the small print for the oboe in the “tutti” passages. Fulvio Caldini prepared the piano reduction; the supplemented continuo realization has been reproduced in small print.
Florence, Spring 2008