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Aria della battaglia

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Andrea Gabrieli

Andrea Gabrieli (ed. Mark Davis Scatterday)

General Info

Year: 1567 / 2008
Duration: c. 11:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $15.00


Sixteen numbered parts. Each part may be played by various modern instruments.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Aria della battaglia (Battle Song) is from the Dialoghi musicali de diversi eccelentissimi autori, published in Venice in 1590. One of only two surviving Gabrieli pieces designated for large instrumental ensemble, the work is subtitledper sonare d’instrumenti da fiato (to be played by wind instruments), although an exact scoring is not specified. Following Clément Janequin’s La Guerre (The War) and preceding Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Madrigals of War and Love), Aria della battaglia reflects the popular sixteenth-century tradition of programmatic music depicting battle or warfare. This piece does not depict a specific battle, but instead alternates the expected fanfares and imitations of conflict with passages of song and dance.

- Program Note by Patricia Cornett

The current edition of Gabrieli's Aria della battaglia was transcribed for the modern orchestra wind section from the Canto Dialoghi Musicali de Diversi Eccelentissimi Autori: Venice 1590. The [original] work is subtitled per sonare d'instrumenti da fiato (to be played by wind instruments) and is one in a long line of such descriptive works dating from the sixteenth century with no instrumental designation whatsoever. The popularity of this genre, however, did not fade with the close of the Renaissance. Rather, a rich development continued into the nineteenth century with Beethoven's Wellington's Victory, the so-called "Battle Symphony," being a latter-day example.

- Program Note from publisher

Aria della battaglia by Andrea Gabrieli is part of a series of multi-voiced and single- to multi-choir compositions edited for various instrumental ensembles. It encompasses a philosophy of rediscovering, editing and utilizing music as a flexible and timeless resource of modern performance potentiality. This work is a wonderful example of the wide range of wind orchestrations that help in defining the modern wind band with its various chamber through full resources that reside under the complete wind band umbrella.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Kim Fleming, conductor) - 12 March 2021
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 6 November 2020
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis) Wind Ensemble Woodwinds and Percussion (Erik Kar Jun, conductor) - 24 October 2020
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Tx.) Meadows Wind Ensemble (Jack Delaney, conductor) - 11 September 2020
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Chris Unger, conductor) – 1 April 2019
  • Boston (Mass.) University Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 13 February 2018
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Laprade, conductor) – 3 April 2017
  • Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, N.Y.) (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 18 December 2009 (2009 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer