Giuseppe Sammartini

Biography

Born: January 6, 1695 in Milan, Italy   Died: November 23, 1750 in London, England   
A younger contemporary of J.S. Bach, Giuseppe Sammartini is generally recognized as one of the more significant composers of concertos and sonatas during his time. An oboist, it is likely that he played the flute and recorder as well: indeed, among his vast instrumental output, there are 24 sonatas for flute (or violin) and bass, 30 trios involving flute, and his best-known composition is the Concerto in F for recorder. Oddly, though he wrote Read more chamber works and a concerto for oboe, he produced substantially less for his chosen instrument.

Born in Milan, Sammartini was the son of French oboist Alexis Saint-Martin and older brother of the better-known composer (and also oboist) Giovanni Battista Sammartini. Young Giuseppe's first instruction likely came from his father, and by 1711 the two brothers were performing together in an orchestra. Giuseppe's first surviving compositions date to the mid-1710s and include the aforementioned Oboe Concerto in F major, which was published in Amsterdam around 1717.

Around the time of that publication, Giuseppe and Giovanni became members of a Milan orchestra and by 1720 they had joined that city's Regio Ducal Theater orchestra. In 1729, Giuseppe departed Italy for Brussels, where he remained briefly before traveling to London, the city he would settle in for the remainder of his career.

He was already recognized in England as a promising composer, owing to the publication there of his 12 Trio Sonatas in 1727. But it was his musicianship on the oboe that made him a celebrity in the English capital. In the 1730s Sammartini played in Handel's orchestra and performed in many productions of Handel's operas, including that of Arminio, which features difficult obbligato writing for the oboe in the Act II aria, "Quella fiamme."

In 1736 Sammartini was appointed music teacher in the household of Prince Frederick of Wales. His duties included instructing the Prince's wife Augusta and her children in music, and undoubtedly involved many private chamber music performances before the Prince and his retinue. Sammartini held this post until his death. This final decade-and-a-half was apparently a very happy time for him: many of his works date to this period, some carrying dedications to the Prince (12 Sonatas, Op. 1; 1736) and to Augusta (12 Trios, Op. 3; 1743). Sammartini died at the household of the Prince during the week of November 17, 1750. Read less
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    Michala Petri Plays Concertos & Sonatas
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7672632 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Elizabeth Selin
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    Tesori di Napoli - Recorder Sonatas 1707-1733 / Rothert, Quintavalle
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98028 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann A. Hasse,  Leonardo Leo,  Nicolo Fiorenza,  Giovanni Antonio Piani  ... 
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    Fiori Musicali
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Lorena Espina,  Alexandra Uhlig,  Robert Buschek,  Heinrich Bruckner  ... 
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    The Virtuoso Recorder 2: Sammartini, Fiorenza, Mancini, Tartini
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777316 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Nicolo Fiorenza,  Francesco Mancini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
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    Giuseppe Sammartini: Organ Concertos Op. 9
    Label: Bottega Discantica   Catalog: 55 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
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    Passion And Craftsmanship: Baroque Chamber Music From Both Sides Of The Alps
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CAV Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Turini,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Carolus Hacquart  ... 
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    Sammartini: Concertos & Overtures / Les Muffatti
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
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    Sammartini: Recorder Concerto & Sonatas / Bagliano, Collegium Pro Musica
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94157 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
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    Sammartini: Concertos / Suppa, Bianchi, Ferrigato, Quaranta
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8003 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Donatella Bianchi,  Paolo Ferrigato,  Francesco Quaranta
    Conductor:  Paolo Suppa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici Ambrosiani
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    The Baroque Oboe / Holliger, Brown, ASMF
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802005 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alessandro Marcello,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Iona Brown
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Giro d'Italia - Tour of Italy / Musica Alta Ripa
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3091617 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Baldassare Galuppi  ... 
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    Sonatas For A German Flute
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24191 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini,  George Frideric Handel
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    Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello: Recorder Sonatas / Michala Petri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412632 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2563 Release Date: 10/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Mancini,  Giovanni Bononcini  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos Op 10;  Sammartini / Michala Petri
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68543 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Michala Petri
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    Vivaldi, Sammartini, Telemann, Handel: Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 400075 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Fire Beneath My Fingers / Musica Pacifica
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90704 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Giuseppe Tartini
    Performer:  Michael McCraw,  Elizabeth Blumenstock,  Judith Linsenberg
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    Giuseppi & Giovanni Sammartini: Notturnos & Six Solos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93365 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Giovanni Battista Sammartini
    Performer:  Ottaviano Tenerani
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble J.M. Anciuti,  I Fiori Musicali (Italy),  Il Rossignolo
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    Simply Christmas - Home For The Holidays
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88581 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Gregor Joseph Werner,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Michala Petri,  Richard Stoltzman,  Eddie Gomez  ... 
    Conductor:  Ross Pople,  John Georgiadis,  Martin Neary
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    Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 2
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1344 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
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    Baroque Recorder Concertos / Pamela Thorby, Sonnerie
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Matthew Halls,  Emilia Benjamin,  Alison McGillivray,  Katherine McGillivray  ... 
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    Corelli & Co. / Dan Laurin, Parnassus Avenue
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 945 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Gaetano Boni,  Benedetto Marcello,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
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    G. Sammartini: Organ Concertos Op 9 / La Risonanza
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921505 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Sammartini
    Performer:  Fabio Bonizzoni
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Risonanza
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