Giovanni Battista Sammartini
Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c. 1700 – 15 January 1775) was an Italian composer, violinist, 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 sometimes confused with his elder brother, Giuseppe, a composer with a similarly prolific output though not equal renown or influence who ended up in the service of the Prince of Wales.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1700 (Milan), Died 1775 (Milan)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-14680||12-in.||4/8/1914||Canto amoroso||Mischa Elman||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-16506||10-in.||9/16/1915||Canto amoroso||George J. Gould||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-89249||10-in.||4/2/1935||Canto amoroso||S. Archer Gibson||Organ solo||composer|
|Columbia||79457||10-in.||10/15/1920||Canto amoroso||Duci De Kerékjártó ; Maurice Eisner||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W148601||10-in.||6/20/1929||Allegro||Felix Salmond||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||75167||12-in.||8/31/1922||Old Italian love song||Hamilton Harty ; W. H. Squire||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||7627||10-in.||11/11/1920||Canto amoroso||Marta De La Torre ; Robert Gayler||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sammartini, Giovanni Battista," accessed October 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102501.
Sammartini, Giovanni Battista. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102501.
"Sammartini, Giovanni Battista." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 October 2022.
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