Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, a contemporary of Vivaldi in Venice, reported having composed 80 operas (most of which are now forgotten) and a number of instrumental compositions, several of which are now in the chamber-orchestra repertoire. The bogus yet delightful Adagio by the musicologist Remo Giazotto, evidently based on a true fragment by Albinoni himself, is the most famous work synonymous with the name of Albinoni. Albinoni composed 54 concertos in all. The 12 String Concertos (Op. 5), the 12 Oboe Concertos (Op. 7), the series of a dozen varied concertos (Op. 9), and the Violin Concertos (Op. 10) are worth listening to. Albinoni's chamber music contains the Sonata a 6 and the Sonata di concerto a 7, both arranged for trumpet and strings, as well as four collections of trio sonatas. From his first opera, Zenobia, Regina de'Palmireni, in 1694 to Artamene in 1741, Albinoni was a prolific and influential opera composer. By the time of his penultimate opera in 1734, he took credit for 80 such productions. In 1726, his Statira was performed in Rome, with an offensive fighting aria featuring warlike trumpets.
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