First published by Estienne Roger of Amsterdam in 1722, Albinoni’s set of twelve concerti Op. 9 was dedicated to Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria. As one of the first Italian composers to write for the oboe – an emerging new instrument – Albinoni developed a unique musical language that combined elegant chromatic harmony with distinctive melodic content, equating the solo oboe not with a violin, but with the operatic qualities of the human voice. The Concerto in D minor is perhaps best know for its tender Adagio, full of pathos and lyricism, while the outer movements alternate ebullient accompanying bursts with virtuosic solo diversions.
- Piccolo Trumpet in B-flat
- Piccolo Trumpet in A