Gabrieli Sonata pian’ e forte. Background information and performance circumstances. Giovanni Gabrielii () was principal organist and composer at. Sonata pian’ e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C composer. Giovanni Gabrieli ( c/). ; No 6 of Sacrae Symphoniae. Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sonata pian e forte: choice of instruments and performance pitch – a new solution. Michael Lawlor. Uploaded by. Michael Lawlor. Giovanni.

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This includes the following advice, the significant comments are underlined: Again, Gabrieli and Gardane would have known that the part needed a viola and surely would have specified viola in the published work; but there is goivanni alternative solution that means Gabrieli is indeed correct in his designation of violino.

Termini musici also refers to octave doubling by violin but does not refer to cornett. The altus and tenor parts could be played on either alto or tenor trombones or even one of each. Sonata pian’ e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C composer. Looking at the middle parts, choir two appears straight-forward: Log In Sign Up.

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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. First, considering the bass of each choir: Although German and English writers on music in the 16th and 17th centuries got their Italian terms mixed up, Gabrieli and his publisher, Angelo Gardane, being Italian, should be expected to use the correct Italian terms since they were consistently used in other contemporary publications: Skip to main content.

These are shown in the following table. Is it possible that the indication alla quarta bassa is not an instruction, but a description? What are the problems? The playing is fluent and exhilarating. In modern times there is currently no call for players with this skill: The other solution to 1 e.

This is a comfortable tessitura and a typical lowest note for cornett writing in many works for which the instrument is specified during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries even if sometimes specified as an alternative to the violin.

Sonata Piano e Forte: 8 Trumpets Score & Parts: Giovanni Gabrieli

Don’t show me this message again. Remember me on this computer. The cantus should be played by a regular cornett. Speer, Vierfaches Musicalisches Kleeblatt Ulm, but not in edition, which gives a as lowest note. Is Gabrieli telling us gavrieli piece also needs to be transposed down or is he merely highlighting the change in tessitura and telling us that it has already been transposed down a fourth?


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Alto trombones would make a distinctive sound for the first choir compared with the second, while tenor trombones would provide a more homogeneous sound, with only the individual ranges and tone-colour of the cornett and violin providing differentiation. It is still possible to transpose the sonata down a fourth, but playing at the notated pitch brings the work into line with most of the repertoire of this period.

The alto sackbut has had a significant come- back in recent years as a result of growing interest in historic brass, however, it would appear that even in the seventeenth century, there was a preference for the fuller tone of the tenor trombone compared with the alto.

The usual modern interpretation of this is to use the tenor violin, what Italians would call a giovanni, or sometimes the general name for a bass instrument: This means that in the case of Rossi, alla quarta alta indicates the work has already been transposed, so should be played at plan notated pitch. The violino part goes down to d, still too low for the violin but would only require a standard-sized viola.

Both of these parts could easily be played on either alto or tenor trombones or one of each. Aureleo Virgiliano, Pjan dolcimelo c.

Each of the modes could be used at a high or a low pitch; here the words alla quarta bassa may indicate that the sonata, conceived outside the modal system, is already notated at low pitch and—unlike the eight-part canzonas?

However, some fingering charts from the seventeenth century1 indicate the bottom note of the cornetto to be g, but ability to lip the bottom note down from a to g, maintaining good tone quality and accurate tuning, is difficult. The sonata has been transposed and the marking, alla quarta bassa, is a description and not an instruction. The picture is not so clear for choir one, where the altus and tenor parts are in mezzo-soprano clef and alto clef, sonataa.


September Total duration: The violino part goes down to A. The septimus should be played an octave higher than written by a violin.

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Sonata pian e forte, Ch.175 (Gabrieli, Giovanni)

Dorte sextus and bassus parts should be played on bass trombones. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

All of these pieces are brought together into a smaller, more manageable tessitura if the high clef 2 I have chosen not to consider the piaj of alto cornett on this part since the instrument, if it existed at all, was very rare.

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The site is also available in several languages. The quintus and octavus parts should be played on tenor trombones. The range of color, breadth and depth of sonority and the majestic nobility of the composer’s conception are all revealed in a manner even the most expert of modern brass players could not possibly emulate.

Click here to sign up. My unpublished paper on extant cornetts covers this subject, part of which was presented at the Historic Brass Society Symposium held in Oxford in We start by assessing the gabdieli and ranges for each part, including the ranges if the parts are transposed down a fourth.

The piece is essentially an elegiac melody, expressively harmonized, that is passed from choir to choir; the long-breathed lines do not in themselves create much contrast, until the greater animation of the final tutti.

If we assume the piece should be performed at the notated pitch, what impact does it have on the choice of ggabrieli Help Center Find new research papers in: The cornetto part goes down to g.