Giovanni Battista Sammartini

Giovanni Battista Sammartini (* 1700 or 1701 in Milan, † January 15, 1775 ibid ) was during the lifetime of significant composer of his hometown.


He was director of music at several churches of Milan and influenced his style Christoph Willibald Gluck, whom he taught from 1736 to 1741. Towards the end of his life, in the years 1770 and 1771, he witnessed the performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Milan on its first trip to Italy in its attempt to find a permanent job in Milan.


Sammartini wrote more than 70 symphonies and was one of the most important representatives of early form of this music genre. In addition, he wrote three operas, concerti grossi, church music and chamber music.