Sonata Octavi Toni

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. Robert King)

Subtitle: Sacrae Symphoniae (Venice, 1597) for Twelve-Part Brass Choir

This work bears the designation C184.

General Info

Year: 1597 / 1957
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $39.70


Full Score

Choir I

B-flat Trumpet I
B-flat Trumpet II (Horn)
Horn (Trombone)
Trombone I-II
Euphonium or Trombone [Tuba]

Choir II

B-flat Trumpet I
B-flat Trumpet II (Horn)
Horn (Trombone)
Trombone I-II
Euphonium or Trombone [Tuba]


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Like the Sonata pian’ e forte this imposing piece is essentially a seamless, harmonized melody, whose wide reaches are passed from one choir to the other in a fine display of Gabrieli’s genius for controlled musical tension. Note the powerfully effective repetition of the penultimate section, and superb sense of new harmonies in the final tutti. The texture is remarkable, too, the centre of gravity in each of the six-part choirs being very low; the bottom four instruments are closely spaced, the top two wider apart, which helps the leader to shine and the second part to emerge from the texture from time to time.

- Program Note by Timothy Roberts

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. Sonata ocatvi toni is number 59 on this list, chapter 183.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Ohio: Brass Choir A


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