Albinoni, Tomaso - Ave Maria based on Adagio in G minor

copyrightedfor solo voice and orchestra

year of composition / 1st publication: c.1949? - ©1958

commonly misattributed to Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) Remo Giazotto (1910-1998)

Composer: Remo Giazotto (1910-1998), c.1949? - ©1958
Country of origin / activity: Italy

Composer: Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) = misattribution
Text author: traditional
Arranger / Editor: N/A

Click on the link to go to the correct page: Remo Giazotto

Available documentation:

posted on IMSLP:
Adagio in G minor (Remo Giazotto, formerly attr. to Albinoni)
This work is not in the public domain
This work was only attributed to Albinoni, since it was written by Italian musicologist Remo Giazotto in 1949. It was still claimed for years that it belonged to Albinoni, as Giazotto claimed he based his composition on a paper scrap found in the ruins of Saxon State Library of Dresden, which was bombed during World War II. The very little he allegedly found included fragments of the Basso Continuo staff and only the first six measures, which can now be heard played on pipe organ, of what is purported to have been the second movement of a Concerto or Sonata in G. Having this in mind, Giazotto died in 1998 and therefore his work should not be released into public domain before 2048 (outside EU) or 2068 (in the European countries).

posted on wikipedia:
The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly misattributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto. Although the composition is usually referred to as "Albinoni's Adagio," or "Adagio in G minor by Albinoni, arranged by Giazotto," the attribution is inverted. Albinoni's contribution to it rests upon Giazotto's purported discovery of a tiny manuscript fragment (consisting of a few measures of the melody line and basso continuo portion) from a slow second movement of an Albinoni trio sonata. According to Giazotto's account, he obtained the document shortly after the end of World War II from the Saxon State Library in Dresden, which − though its buildings were destroyed in the bombing raids of February and March 1945 by the British and American Air Forces − had evacuated and preserved most of its collection. Giazotto concluded the manuscript fragment was a portion of a church sonata (sonata da chiesa, one of two standard forms of the trio sonata) in G minor composed by Albinoni, possibly as part of his Op. 4 set, around 1708. Giazotto himself then constructed the balance of the complete single-movement work around the fragmentary theme he ascribed to Albinoni, copyrighted it, and published it in 1958. It has since been established as an entirely original work by Giazotto. Giazotto never produced the manuscript fragment, and since his death in 1998 no record of its ever having been among the collection of the Saxon State Library has been found. Based on this evidence (or lack of it), it has been concluded that the piece is entirely Giazotto's own composition.

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