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Canzon Duodecimi Toni

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. King)

Subtitle: From Sacrae Symphoniae

General Info

Year: 1597 /1958
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $39.70


Double Brass Choir

Choir I:

  • Trumpet I-II
  • Horn
  • Trombone (horn)
  • Trombone (baritone)

Choir II:

  • Trumpet I-II
  • Horn
  • Trombone (horn)
  • Trombone (baritone)/Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Giovanni Gabrieli’s music has been regarded as some of the most representative and influential music of the Renaissance, with much of it still performed regularly. Gabrieli, who served as organist at the Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy, from 1584 until his death in 1612, wrote for voices, instrumental ensembles, and organ. The Basilica, itself an architectural wonder, contains a main floor flanked by a balcony high above on either side. Gabrieli would often take advantage of this space by placing instrumental choirs in both balconies, performing his music antiphonally.

Canzon duodecimi toni, from his Sacrae Symphoniae, uses two brass choirs which took full advantage of the space within the Basilica San Marco. Contrasting moments of majesty and introspection alternate within this work, creating a conversation between choirs and providing a unique and fascinating aural experience for the listener.

- Program Note from University of Kansas Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 October 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Saratoga Orchestra (Langley, Wash.) (Sebastian Serrano-Ayala, conductor) - 17 December 2022
  • Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) Wind Ensemble (Brionna Stone, conductor) - 23 October 2022
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) - 10 October 2021
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor; San Francisco State University Brass Ensemble) - 29 January 2021
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Fred Harris, Jr., conductor) - 5 December 2020 (Virtual)
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Wind Ensemble (Michael Griffith, conductor) – 25 February 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Chamber Winds (Nick Balla, conductor) – 1 November 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David T. Kehler, conductor) – 25 September 2019
  • Penn State University (State College) Recital Ensemble (Jacob Bender, conductor) - 27 January 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony – 5 December 2017
  • Stadium High School (Tacoma, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Adam Morrell, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 20 October 2016
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth Symphonic Brass Ensemble (Nolan Hauta, conductor) – 24 November 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gabrieli, G.; King, R. (1958). Canzon Duodecimi Toni, Sacrae Symphoniae, Venice, 1597 [score]. Robert King Music: North Easton, Mass.