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Aria della Battaglia (tr Ghedini)

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Andrea Gabrieli

Andrea Gabrieli (tr. Ghedini)

Subtitle: per sonar d'instrumenti da fiato a 8

General Info

Year: 1587 / 1954
Duration: c. 12:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Unaccompanied voices
Publisher: Ricordi
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

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 work is subtitled per sonare d'instrumenti da fiato (to be played by wind instruments).

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Gabrieli, A.; Ghedini, G. [1954]. Aria della battaglia per sonar d'instrumenti da fiato a 8 [score]. Ricordi: Milano.