Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Giovanni Battista Sammartini

Italian composer

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1700

Place of Birth: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Date of Death: 15-Jan-1775

Profession: composer, conductor, kapellmeister, organist, musicologist, music pedagogue

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Giovanni Battista Sammartini

  • Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c.
  • 1700 – 15 January 1775) was an Italian composer, oboist, organist, choirmaster and teacher.
  • He counted Gluck among his students, and was highly regarded by younger composers including Johann Christian Bach.
  • It has also been noted that many stylizations in Joseph Haydn's compositions are similar to those of Sammartini, although Haydn denied any such influence.
  • Sammartini is especially associated with the formation of the concert symphony through both the shift from a brief opera-overture style and the introduction of a new seriousness and use of thematic development that prefigure Haydn and Mozart.
  • Some of his works are described as galant, a style associated with Enlightenment ideals, while "the prevailing impression left by Sammartini's work...
  • [is that] he contributed greatly to the development of a Classical style that achieved its moment of greatest clarity precisely when his long, active life was approaching its end".He is often confused with his brother, Giuseppe, a composer with a similarly prolific output (and the same initials).

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