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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  
Columbia (U.K.) WL871 10-in. 1/21/1928 Adagio amoroso Yvonne Curti ; Georges van Parys Violin solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sammartini, Giovanni Battista," accessed November 27, 2022,

Sammartini, Giovanni Battista. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from

"Sammartini, Giovanni Battista." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 November 2022.

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