Canzon Noni Toni

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. King)

Subtitle: Sacrae symphoniae, Venice, 1597

General Info

Year: 1597 / 196-?
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $32.05


Double Brass Quartet

Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II
Euphonium I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Many liturgical motets were performed in St. Mark’s with instruments accompanying the multiple choirs. At first, unspecified instruments could be used to simply double vocal lines and strengthen the textures. Venetian congregations were accustomed to hearing mixed ensembles of voices and instruments as a local performance practice. Sackbuts, precursors to the modern trombone, and cornetts, trumpet-like instruments made out of wood that are now extinct, were likely choices for these duties. Eventually, instruments began performing these polychoral vocal compositions without the voices, and by the end of the 16th century original works were being written for use within the liturgical service. In 1597 Giovanni Gabrieli published his first collection of works, known as the Sacrae Symphoniae. This volume consisted of forty-five vocal works and sixteen pieces for instrumental ensemble. The Canzon Noni Toni a 8 was first published as part of this set.

In 1598 Gabrieli’s Sacrae Symphoniae were reprinted in the Germanic lands north of the Alps. As his music became widely known, many northern aristocrats sent their young musicians to study with Gabrieli in Venice, thus composers in their formative years were exposed to Gabrieli’s style of polychoral writing in antiphonal textures, text setting, and the growing potential of instrumental composition. Through the publication of his music outside of Venice and the direct propagation of his musical and compositional philosophies, Gabrieli’s musical language would spread across the European continent at the beginning of the 17th century.

- Program Note by Kevin Geraldi for the State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 March 2018

Sacrae Symphoniae (1597) is a collection of 45 motets for 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, and 16 voices, and 16 canzonas and sonatas for 8, 10, 12, and 15 instruments. Canzoni Noni Toni is number 31 on this list, chapter 173.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Washington (Seattle) Symphonic Band (Shaun Day, conductor) - 9 December 2021
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 15 March 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Elliot Tackitt, conductor) – 27 January 2017
  • Case Western Reserve University – 25 November 2013

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gabrieli, G.; King, R. [19--]. Canzon noni toni, Sacrae symphoniae, Venice, 1597 [score]. Robert King Music: North Easton, Mass..