A Venetian composer, born in 1671 and a contemporary and friend of Vivaldi. Highly prolific in his time, Abinoni wrote nearly 50 operas, most of which were performed during his lifetime, but his real ability lay in producing instrumental pieces. Much of his work is hardly ever performed or listened to today, but his concertos for oboe are still very much listened to. Perhaps his most famous piece is his Adagio in G Minor which was almost completely lost until a small fragment surfaced in the early 20th Century, from which the rest of the work was resurrected.