Sonata XIX a 15

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. David Smith and Glenn Smith)

Subtitle: For Large Brass Ensemble, Triple Choir

This work bears the designation Ch. 212.

General Info

Year: <1612 / 1970
Duration: c. 5:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Fifteen nonspecific instruments
Publisher: Associated Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $24.00


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III


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Program Notes

Sonata XIX à 15 by Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli is a grand example of his bold and florid compositional style, which is indicative of the transitional time period when he was the principal organist at Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Sonata XIX à 15 appeared in a posthumously published group of works in 1615 that included seventeen canzoni and four sonati consequently named Canzoni e Sonate. All of these works were intended “per sonar con ogni sorte de instrumenti con il basso per l’organo,” or intended to be played on “all sorts” of instruments with the organ bass.

Gabrieli also used the unusual layout of the Saint Mark’s church, with two choir lofts facing each other, to create his well-known antiphonal style of composition. The acoustics in the church are such that instruments correctly positioned could be heard with perfect clarity at distant points. While the brass instruments of the time, such as the sackbut and cornetto, were less brilliant and quite different in timbre, the timelessness of Gabrieli’s music transfers well to the modern brass instruments of today.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band chamber concert program, 2 April 2017


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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Josh Neuenschwander, conductor) - 10 December 2020

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  • Gabrieli, G.; Smith, D.; Smith, G. [1970]. Sonata XIX a 15 for Large Brass Ensemble, Triple Choir [score]. Associated Music Publishers: New York.