Sonata Pian'e Forte

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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. King)

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Subtitle: From Sacrae Symphoniae

General Info

Year: 1597 / 1958
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts - $31.75


B-flat Cornet I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sonata pian'e forte by Giovanni Gabrieli is from a larger work entitle Symphoniae sacrae which is considered by many to be a landmark of early Baroque style. The music was written for brass instruments to be performed in the 11th century cathedral of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy. Gabrieli as well as numerous other composers, performance and choirmasters of the cathedral were renowned artists whose musical output caused Venice to become one of the most important musical cities of the era. The cathedral contained two large organs which inspired composers like Gabrieli to write works such as Canzon quarti toni, placing choirs and various musical instrument on opposite sides of the building (cori spezzati) which created echoing effects of great proportions: two, three, four, even five choruses were employed, each with a different combination of high and low voices, each intermingled with instruments of diverse timbres, answering one another antiphonally, alternating with solo voices, and joining for massive sonorous climaxes.

- Program Note by William V. Johnson for the Cuesta Wind Ensemble concert program, 8 May 1993


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State Ratings

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  • Gabrieli, G.; King, R. [1958]. Sonata pian'e forte [score]. Music for Brass: North Easton, Mass.