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GIOVANNI BATTISTA SAMMARTINI  

(1700 - 1775)

The son of a French oboist who had settled in Italy, Sammartini was born in Milan, where he won an early reputation, serving as maestro di cappella to the Congregation of the Ss Entierro from 1728 for many years. He occupies an important place in the genesis of the symphony and won a considerable reputation abroad, with works published in London and Paris. In Milan he was highly respected and led an active career to the very end as a composer and conductor.

Orchestral Music

Of Sammartini's orchestral music 68 symphonies survive, with six violin concertos, one double violin concerto, two flute concertos, in addition to sets of concerti grossi and overtures. These vary in style from an early mixture of Baroque and classical to an intermediate style and a final style that is in general classical.

Chamber Music

Chamber music by Sammartini consists of quintets, quartets and trio sonatas, of the last some two hundred. There are thirty or so keyboard sonatas, for harpsichord or organ, with eleven violin sonatas and six sonatas for harpsichord with violin.

Vocal and Choral Music

Sammartini wrote sacred choral music, cantatas and liturgical settings, as well as secular arias and cantatas. Much of this body of work has been lost.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (2008 edition) Naxos Educational
8.558208-09
Orchestral
SAMMARTINI, G.: Symphonies, J-C 7, 9, 14, 15, 33, 36, 37, 39, 65 (Gini) Dynamic
CDS460
Orchestral
SAMMARTINI, G.B.: Harpsichord Sonatas (Heger) Dynamic
CDS7841
Instrumental
SAMMARTINI, G.B.: Harpsichord Sonatas (Piolanti) Tactus
TC701902
Instrumental
SAMMARTINI, G.B.: Symphonies J-C 4, 9, 16, 23, 36, 62 Naxos
8.557298
Orchestral
SAMMARTINI, G.B.: Trios Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 / Cello Sonata in G Major (R. Noferini, Iannetta, A. Noferini, Canino) Tactus
TC704402
Chamber Music
SAMMARTINI: Gerusalemme sconoscente ingrata / Confitebor / Symphonies Naxos
8.570253
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
SAMMARTINI: Maria Addolorata / Il Pianto di San Pietro Naxos
8.557431
Choral - Sacred
SAMMARTINI: Memet [Opera] (Guadagnini, Uccello, Camerata del Titano, Ciavatta) Dynamic
CDS386
Opera
SAMMARTINI: Pianto degli Angeli della Pace (Il) / Symphony in E-Flat Major Naxos
8.557432
Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
SAMMARTINI: Sacred Cantatas Naxos
8.570254
Choral - Sacred
SAMMARTINI: Symphonies and Overtures Dynamic
CDS414
Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral




 
 
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