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

This instrument is frequently referred to for the playing of bass parts in high ranging works, often as an alternative to the trombone. The sonata has been transposed and the marking, alla quarta bassa, is a description and not an instruction. The other solution to 1 e. 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: Is it possible that the indication alla quarta bassa is not an instruction, but a description?

The violino part goes down to d, still too low for the violin but would only require a standard-sized viola. The ipan 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 gabrieki.

Help Center Find new research papers in: We start by assessing the clefs and ranges for each part, including the ranges if the parts are transposed down a fourth. 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. 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 an alternative solution that means Gabrieli is indeed correct in his designation of violino.


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Is Gabrieli telling us this 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? If we assume the piece should be performed at the notated pitch, what impact does it have on the choice of instruments? Aureleo Virgiliano, Il dolcimelo c. This includes the following advice, the significant comments are underlined: The cornetto part goes down to g.

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Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. The sextus and bassus parts should be played on bass trombones. The violino part goes down to A. 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 pizn the eight-part canzonas?

The usual modern interpretation of this is to use the tenor violin, what Italians would call a violetta, or sometimes the general name for a bass instrument: Skip to main content. My unpublished paper on extant cornetts covers this subject, part of which was presented at the Historic Brass Society Symposium held in Oxford in First, considering the bass soata each choir: This means that in the case of Rossi, alla quarta alta indicates the work has already been transposed, so should be played at the notated piaan.


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Sonata pian’ e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C composer. Don’t show me this message again. Looking at the middle parts, choir two appears f 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.

The picture is not so clear for choir one, where the altus and tenor parts are in mezzo-soprano clef and alto clef, respectively. Update Required To play the media fortr will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

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

September Total duration: Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Speer, Vierfaches Musicalisches Kleeblatt Ulm, but not in edition, which gives ssonata as lowest note. 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.

This is one step lower than the normal dorte note of the instrument. Log In Sign Up. The septimus should be played an octave higher than written by a violin. Click here to sign up.

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