Canzon per Sonar Primi Toni, no. 1
Giovanni Gabrieli (arr. Timothy Higgins)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
None discovered thus far.
Canzon per sonar primi toni is in the Dorian mode, which comprises a set of intervals and melodies that do not correspond neatly with either the major or minor harmonies that would become standard by the end of the Baroque era. It was composed for two ensembles, each with four parts. These ensembles would be seated across from each other in the choir lofts at St. Mark, creating a marvelous “stereo” effect.
The piece begins with a rhythmic theme common in its time, the “dactyl foot” which consists of one long note followed by two shorter notes. The choirs engage in a call-and-response with each other, and sometimes play together. Most of the phrases are begun with the dactyl pattern, sometimes in diminution.
The most complete compilation of Gabrieli's choral and instrumental works is the Sacrae Symphoniae of 1597. The instrumental pieces in the Sacrae Symphoniae are either titled canzonas or sonatas. The canzonas originated as arrangements of chansons -- a type of French polyphonic songs. Gradually the canzonas became independent of their chanson models, and those published by Giovanni were all original compositions. These pieces were played during the epistle and post-Communion of a church service. Sacrae Symphonia was such a popular publication that many young composers from the North came to Venice to study and brought Italian Baroque style back with them to Germany and other important centers of music.
- Program Note adapted from University of Texas Wind Ensemble concert program, 5 May 2019
- Audio CD: National Brass Ensemble - 2015
None discovered thus far.
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- University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Sedatole, conductor) - 5 May 2019
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Canzon Duodecimi Toni (ed.King) (1597/1958)
- Canzon in Double Echo (ed. King) (/1973)
- Canzon Noni Toni (arr. King) (1597/19--?)
- Canzon per Sonar Primi Toni, no. 1 (arr. Higgins) (1597/2014)
- Canzon primi toni
- Canzon primi toni a 8 (1597/2007)
- Canzon quarti toni (adapt. King) (1597/1959)
- Canzon septimi toni No 1
- Canzon septimi toni No 2 (1597/1958)
- Canzon septimi toni no. 2 (ed. Crees) (1597/1996)
- Canzona per sonare No. 2 (ed. King) (1608/1959)
- Jubilate Deo (tr. Mathie) (1597/2008)
- Sonata Octavi Toni (ed. King) (1597/1957)
- Sonata Pian' E Forte
- Sonata Pian'e Forte (ed. King) (1958)
- Sonata XX a 22 (tr. Scatterday) (1615)
- Gabrieli, G.; Higgins, T. (2015). Canzon per sonar primi toni, no. I [score]. 415 Music: San Francisco.