Sonata Octavi Toni (arr. Sherman)

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (arr. J.c. Sherman)

General Info

Year:1597 / 2021
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - In press


Full Score
Two brass choirs, each consisting of:

  • B-flat Trumpet I-II
  • Horn in F I-II
  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba (optional in second choir)


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

Brass players of a certain age grew up on the recordings of Giovanni Gabrieli's music by the combined forces of the brass ensembles from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. The Sacrae Symphoniae (1597) is a collection of 63 motets, canzonas, and sonatas for various sized ensembles. While Gabrieli was not the first composer to write for antiphonal choirs, he did take complete advantage of the two opposing choir lofts in San Marco church in Venice. He pioneered the use of tiered dynamics and orchestrations for specific instruments and voices.

- Program Note from Cleveland Winds concert program, 21 March 2021


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Cleveland (Ohio) Winds (Birch Browning, conductor) - 21 March 2021

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