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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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Quintetti e Quarteti (Ensemble Aglaia feat. violin: Cinzia Barbagelata, violin: Simona Gilardi, violin: Chiara Del Turco, alto: Francesco Lattuada, cello: Jorge Alberto Guerrero) Giovanni Battista Sammartini 1
2001 Exceptional Masterpieces Sammartini, Merula, Marini, Endler, Biber, Fux; Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend 1
2005 Six Symphonies Giovanni Battista Sammartini; Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon 2
2008 The Late Symphonies, Volume 1 Sammartini; Accademia d’Arcadia, Alessandra Rossi Lürig 1
2010 The Late Symphonies, Volume 2 Sammartini; Accademia d’Arcadia, Alessandra Rossi Lürig 1

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