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Canzon quarti toni

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (adapt. King)

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Subtitle: Sacrae Symphoniae, Venice, 1597

General Info

Year: 1597 / 1959 / 1997
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $57.25


Three brass choirs of five players each


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gabrieli's first volume of Sacrae Symphoniae, published in 1597, is a landmark of Venetian music -- a collection of motets and canzoni for brass ensembles that established the foundation of brass music for years to come. The Canzon Quarti Toni, scored for three contrasting five-part choirs, is the richest and perhaps most imposing of the collection.

However, like all the best orchestrators, Gabrieli refrains from over-using his tutti: the full ensemble is heard in only thirteen of the work’s seventy-one bars. The music starts in the manner of a sonata, with deep harmonies and with one instrument being followed in rhythmic canon by its fellows; later, more canzona-like features emerge, including a brief tripla just before the end.

- Program Note compiled by Dave Strickler


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State Ratings

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  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (J.T. Womack, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) – 2 November 2020
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor) – 6 November 2018
  • California State University, Fullerton, Symphonic Winds (Patricia Cornett, conductor) - 23 April 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gabrieli, G.; King, R. [1959]. Canzon Quarti Toni, Sacrae Symphoniae, Venice, 1597, For Fifteen-Part Brass Choir [score]. Robert King Music Co.: North Easton, Mass.