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Adagio in G Minor (arr. Tanick)

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Tomaso Albinoni
Remo Giazotto

Tomaso Albinoni and/or Remo Giazotto (arr. Andy Tanick)

General Info

Year: 1958 / 2022
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra with organ
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts – Free. Contact Andy Tanick


Full Score
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet (or E-flat Soprano Clarinet)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although popularly referred to as Albinoni’s Adagio, the Adagio in G Minor was actually composed by musicologist and biographer Remo Giazotto (1910-1998).  Giazotto published the piece in 1958, stating that he had completed it based on an incomplete manuscript by Italian neo-Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751), which Giazotto claimed to have obtained from the post-war remains of a library in Dresden, Germany.  Many doubted Giazotto’s story, because among other things he never produced the manuscript fragment and the library had no record of it.  Giazotto retracted his story shortly before his death, taking sole credit for the piece.

Controversial origins aside, this somber and beautiful piece has been used in many and varied films and television shows, including The Sopranos, Flashdance, and Manchester by the Sea. While the Adagio was originally scored for strings and organ, its popularity has led to its transcription for many other instruments and voices, including a rock version by The Doors.  That list now includes this arrangement for concert band.

- Program Note by arranger


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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