Tomaso Albinoni (Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni) was an Italian violinist and composer born on June 8, 1671 (Bach would not be born until 14 years later.) He is known for his oboe concertos, though he wrote quite a lot of other music. Coming from a wealthy family, he never had to work for the nobility. Very little is known about his personal life. His 50 operas are unknown today, except to musicologists. Albinoni died on January 17, 1751, at age 79.