Aria della Battaglia (tr Ghedini)
Andrea Gabrieli (trans. Giorgio Federico Ghedini)
Subtitle: per sonar d'instrumenti da fiato a 8
Year: 1587 / 1954
Duration: c. 12:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Unaccompanied voices
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
None discovered thus far.
Aria della Battaglia, a title that translates literally as "song of the battle," is the kind of descriptive work that was very much in vogue during the sixteenth century. Many Renaissance composers were seeking to capitalize on the success of Clement Janequin's celebrated La Guerre, a 1520 vocal work that depicted the Battle of Marignano in music and text. Although Andrea Gabrieli did not frequently compose in this genre, he was accomplished in the descriptive technique, providing musical representations of battle sounds such as martial fanfares, explosions, horse hooves, and the back and forth "dialogue" of opposing sides. Unlike Janequin, Andrea had no text upon which he could rely to convery the concept of war, and his ability to suggest imagery through instrumental techniques alone makes Aria della Battaglia the forerunner of later musical military scenarios such as Ludwig van Beethoven's Wellington's Victory and Peter I Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
- Program Note from liner notes of U.S. Marine Band CD Emblems
The Aria della Battaglia, per sonar d’instrument! a fiato, was composed probably between 1570 and 1580. Edited by Ghedini for modern wind instruments, it was first performed at La Scala in Milan under the direction of Guido Cantelli on September 23, 1952. Mr. Cantelli likewise introduced this work at a concert of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York on March 26, 1953.
Herbert F. Peyser, in the New York program, stated that “the Ghedini version has been published by Ricordi and was edited by Ghedini for the ‘Settimana Musicale’ of the Academia Chigiana of Siena. There the manuscript has been lost and Ghedini has been compelled to write a new version.”
The instrumentation of Ghedini calls for 3 flutes and piccolo, 2 oboes and English horn, 3 clarinets and bass clarinet, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and tuba.
- Program Note from Boston Symphony Orchestra concert program 28 March 1954
The work is subtitled per sonare d'instrumenti da fiato (to be played by wind instruments).
- Audio CD: U.S. Marine Band (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) - 2008
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (Madrid) - 10 December 1972
- Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Donald Hunsberger, conductor) – 15 March 1963
- Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York (Guido Cantell, conductor) 26 March 26 1953 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Aria della Battaglia (tr. Ghedini) (1587/1954)
- Aria della battaglia (ed. Scatterday) (1587/2008)
- St. Marks (arr. Gardner) (1965)
- Gabrieli, A.; Ghedini, G. . Aria della battaglia per sonar d'instrumenti da fiato a 8 [score]. Ricordi: Milano.