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Canzon pian’ e forte

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (arr. Jean-Francois Taillard)

Subtitle: Arranged for Brass Octet

General Info

Year: 1618 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass choir
Publisher: Free Music Scores
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - Free


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (III may be played by Horn III or Trombone III)
Horn in F I-II (I may be played by Trombone IV; II may be played by Trombone V)
Alto Trombone (or Horn IV, Trombone I, Trumpet IV)
Trombone II (or Horn IV)
Tuba (or Trombone VI)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is likely an arrangement of Sonata pian' e forte written by Giovanni Gabrieli, in 1597. It bears the designation Ch. 175. This is the earliest known piece of music to call for specific brass instruments.

“Sonata pian’e forte” means an instrumental piece using soft and loud dynamics. A more technical definition of this is a Venetian polychoral style which arose from architectural peculiarities with regards to St Mark's Basilica. Sonata (at this time) means a piece for instruments. It was probably written to be played as part of a Catholic service at St Mark's, Venice. It was written for 8 instruments divided into 2 groups of 4 and placed in opposing galleries in the cathedral.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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