This week’s music offering adds a new dimension…video! Barrett Seals, our favorite oboist, plays the Adagio movement from the Concerto in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni and has added scenes from his travels in Australia and Scotland. Barrett is Senior Chief Musician in the Coast Guard Band and has been a “regular” at St John’s for many years.

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) lived in Venice and, during his lifetime, was known for his operas. Today, he is much better known for his instrumental works, particularly compositions with the oboe. He may have been the first in Italy to write for the oboe as it was an emerging new instrument at that time. It developed from early woodwind instruments like the shawm; the oboe has a beautiful solo tone.

Barrett has added some interesting passing notes and ornaments to this recording, which I hope you will enjoy. I accompany him to the harpsichord.

We continue to encourage all of our congregation to participate in the weekly music offerings. Everything is safely recorded at home, and it is a chance to reach out to our fellow parishioners.

If you would like to join us, please email

by Darlene James

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