Canzoni XVI & XVII (arr. Salfelder)

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (arr. Kathryn Salfelder and Charles Peltz)

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General Info

Year: 1612 /
Duration: c. 7:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Canzona XVI - 3:45
2. Canzona XVII - 3:05


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Program Notes

The year 2012 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli, the noted director of music at St. Mark’s cathedral in Venice, in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His death may have been little noticed by some, but it should not have passed without celebrating Gabrieli’s indispensable contribution to instrumental music. It was he who pioneered instrumental music which could stand alone, separate from the vocal music which instruments had usually doubled and supported in slavish unison.

"Canzona," a word explicitly meaning “song”, seems an oddly vocal title ascribed to a large number of the instrumental works in Gabrieli’s collection Canzone e Sonate of 1612, published in 1615. In fact, these works (and the Sonatas as well) were based on the popular French chanson style of composition of the time: bursts of notes sung in short canonic sequences. This rapid conversation between instruments was the perfect device for Gabrieli to create clear textures as his antiphonal choirs spoke to one another across the spaces at St. Mark’s cathedral in Venice, where he was director of music.

These arrangements have been created by NEC [New England Conservatory] faculty members Kathryn Salfelder and Charles Peltz. The ensemble wishes to thank John Tyson of the NEC early music faculty for his inspiring and insightful contributions to the preparation of this music.

- Program Note from New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble concert program, 26 October 2021


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  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) - 26 October 2021

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