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Il Divo - Adagio (Andrey Kravchenko cover)

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Published on Jan 9, 2011

The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly misattributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.

Although the composition is usually referred to as "Albinoni's Adagio," or "Adagio in G minor by Albinoni, arranged by Giazotto," the attribution is inverted. Albinoni's contribution to it rests upon Giazotto's purported discovery of a tiny manuscript fragment (consisting of a few measures of the melody line and basso continuo portion) from a slow second movement of an Albinoni trio sonata. According to Giazotto's account, he obtained the document shortly after the end of World War II from the Saxon State Library in Dresden, which − though its buildings were destroyed in the bombing raids of February and March 1945 by the British and American Air Forces − had evacuated and preserved most of its collection. Giazotto concluded the manuscript fragment was a portion of a church sonata (sonata da chiesa, one of two standard forms of the trio sonata) in G minor composed by Albinoni, possibly as part of his Op. 4 set, around 1708. Giazotto himself then constructed the balance of the complete single-movement work around the fragmentary theme he ascribed to Albinoni, copyrighted it, and published it in 1958. It has thus been established as a entirely original work by Giazotto.[1]

Giazotto never produced the manuscript fragment, however, and since his death in 1998 no record of its ever having been among the collection of the Saxon State Library has been found. Based on this evidence (or lack of it), it has been concluded that the piece is entirely Giazotto's own composition.

The piece is most commonly orchestrated for string ensemble and organ, or string ensemble alone, but has achieved a level of fame such that it is commonly transcribed for other instruments. The Italian conductor Ino Savini (1904--1995) transcribed the Adagio for a large orchestra and conducted the piece himself, as in Ostrava in 1967 with the Janacek Philharmonic. (This performance, which was included on the Italian CD "Ino Savini Live," ISC-029, is available on YouTube.)

The composition has also permeated popular culture, having been used as background music for such films as Gallipoli, television programmes and in advertisements.

Lyrics :

Non so dove trovarti
Non so come cercarti


Ma sento una voce che
Nel vento parla di te


Quest'anima senza cuore
Aspetta te
Adagio


Le notti senza pelle
I sogni senza stelle


Immagini del tuo viso
Che passano
all'improvviso


Mi fanno sperare ancora
Che ti troverò
Adagio


Chiudo gli
occhi e vedo te
Trovo il cammino che
Mi porta via
Dall'agonia

Sento battere in me
Questa musica che
Ho inventato per te
Se sai come trovarmi
Se sai dove cercarmi
Abbracciami
con la mente
Il sole mi
sembra spento
Accendi il tuo
nome in cielo
Dimmi che ci sei
Quello che vorrei

Vivere in t
Il sole mi
sembra spento
Abbracciami
con la mente
Smarrita senza di te

Dimmi che ci sei
e ci crederò
Musica sei
Adagio

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