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Canzon septimi toni No 2 (ed Crees)

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. Crees)

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General Info

Year: 1597 / 1996
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brasswind Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1554?-1612) was among the most influential musicians bridging the Renaissance and Baroque stylistic periods. His prestigious position as organist and chief composer for Venice's famed Saint Mark's Basilica made him one of the best-known composers in Europe. Canzon Secunda a 4 (Second Song for 4) is one of four canzoni by Gabrieli included in Canzoni per sonare (Songs to Play), an anthology of works by a number of different composers first published in 1608. They are among the earliest works intended for performance specifically by instruments rather than by voices, and this anthology helped pave the way for what would soon become the new Baroque concerto style, which remains popular to this day.

- Program Note compiled by Dave Strickler

There were two Gabrielis in sixteenth century Venice, the uncle Andrea Gabrieli (1532/1533–1585) and the nephew Giovanni (1554/1557–1612). They both worked with Orlando de Lassus at the court of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, and both were organists at St. Mark’s Basilica, the chapel of the Doge of Venice. Many of their works were published in retrospective volumes, and the Sacrae Symphoniae (1597) included religious vocal and instrumental works by Giovanni.

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.

- Program Note from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band concert program, 2 October 2017

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  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Miles Wurster, conductor) – 1 November 2017
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 6 October 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Gabrieli, G.; Crees, E. (1996). Canzon septimi toni no. 2, 1597 : for eight instruments in two choirs : [C 172] [score]. Brasswind Publications: Rutland.