Tomaso Albinoni (June 14, 1671, Venice, Italy - January 17, 1751, Venice) was an Italian baroque composer.
Born to a wealthy paper merchant in Venice, he studied violin and singing. Unlike most composers of his time, he did not seek a post at a church or at courts of nobles or royalty. Instead he composed music independently. Then, in 1722, Maximilian Emanuel II, the Elector of Bavaria, of whom Albinoni had dedicated a set of twelve concertos, invited him [Albinoni] to direct the Elector's operas.
He wrote some fifty operas, but is most noted for his instrumental music, especially his oboe concertos.
His instrumental music greatly attracted the attention of Johann Sebastian Bach, who wrote at least two fugues on Albinoni's themes and constantly used his basses for harmony exercises for his pupils.
The Albinoni Adagio is a 1945 reconstruction by Remo Giazotti of a fragment from a slow movement of a trio sonata.