Adagio in g minor is one of the most disputed works in classical music. It is commonly attributed to Albinoni, but he actually composed only a fraction of it, namely the opening melody and the “basso continuo”. It was featured on a small fragment of a manuscript from a slow movement of Albinoni’s “Trio Sonata”. Decades after, after the end of World War II, an Italian musicologist Remo Giazotto had discovered this little piece of manuscript in the state library in Dresden, Germany. He had composed a complete one-movement work, and published in 1958 under the name “Adagio in g minor on a theme by Tomaso Albinoni”. Since the copyright of this work, it has been repeatedly referred to as “Adagio by Albinoni”, from where the confusion arose. The Adagio has become widely popular, and it can be found in many versions and instrumentation. It has been used in many films and television programs, as well as advertisements.
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Credits: Ursula Walraffen, piano / “Orquesta Reino de Aragon” orchestra / Ricardo Casero, piano