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Canzon septimi toni 8, no. 2

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. Robert Paul Block)

General Info

Year: 1597 / 1972
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: The Brass Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Many liturgical motets were performed in St. Mark’s with instruments accompanying the multiple choirs. At first, unspecified instruments could be used to simply double vocal lines and strengthen the textures. Venetian congregations were accustomed to hearing mixed ensembles of voices and instruments as a local performance practice. Sackbuts, precursors to the modern trombone, and cornetts, trumpet-like instruments made out of wood that are now extinct, were likely choices for these duties. Eventually, instruments began performing these polychoral vocal compositions without the voices, and by the end of the 16th century original works were being written for use within the liturgical service. In 1597 Giovanni Gabrieli published his first collection of works, known as the Sacrae Symphoniae. This volume consisted of forty-five vocal works and sixteen pieces for instrumental ensemble. The Canzon Noni Toni a 8 was first published as part of this set.

In 1598 Gabrieli’s Sacrae Symphoniae were reprinted in the Germanic lands north of the Alps. As his music became widely known, many northern aristocrats sent their young musicians to study with Gabrieli in Venice, thus composers in their formative years were exposed to Gabrieli’s style of polychoral writing in antiphonal textures, text setting, and the growing potential of instrumental composition. Through the publication of his music outside of Venice and the direct propagation of his musical and compositional philosophies, Gabrieli’s musical language would spread across the European continent at the beginning of the 17th century.

- Program Note by Kevin Geraldi for the State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 March 2018

Sacrae Symphoniae (1597) is a collection of 45 motets for 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, and 16 voices, and 16 canzonas and sonatas for 8, 10, 12, and 15 instruments. Canzon per sonar septimi toni a 8, ch, 171 and 172, are numbers 29 and 30 on this list.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (Archie G. Birkner IV, conductor) - 19 April 2022
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Visel, conductor) - 10 October 2020

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  • Gabrieli, G.; Block, R. (1972). Canzon septimi toni à 8 (no. 2) for 4 trumpets and 4 trombones [score]. Musica Rara: Monteux, France.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli, Wikipedia Accessed 2 October 2020