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 a 8, alla quarta bassa, C composer. The playing is fluent and exhilarating. 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.

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. The altus and tenor parts could be played on either alto or tenor trombones or even one of each.

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

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. 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: This includes the following advice, the significant comments are underlined: Each of the modes could be used at giovanmi 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?

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. Both of these parts could easily be played on either alto or tenor trombones or one of each. First, considering the bass of each choir: This instrument is frequently referred to for the playing of bass parts in high ranging works, often as an alternative to the trombone.


What are the problems? Aureleo Virgiliano, Il dolcimelo c. The alto sackbut has fkrte 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.

My unpublished paper on extant cornetts covers this subject, part of which was presented at the Historic Brass Society Symposium held in Oxford in Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats.

We start by assessing the clefs and ranges for each sonatta, including the ranges if the parts are gabriell down a fourth. These are shown in the following table. Looking at the middle parts, choir two appears straight-forward: 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 pitch.

The violino part goes down to A. If we assume the piece should be performed at the notated pitch, what impact does it have on the choice of instruments? Is it possible that the indication alla quarta bassa is not an instruction, but a description? However, some fingering charts from the seventeenth century1 indicate the bottom note of the cornetto to be sonaya, but ability to lip the bottom note down from a to g, maintaining good tone quality donata accurate tuning, is difficult.

It should be played at the notated pitch. This is one step lower than the normal bottom note of the instrument. In modern times there is currently no call for players with this skill: The sonata has been transposed and the marking, alla quarta bassa, is a description and not an instruction.

The cantus should be played by a regular cornett. Speer, Vierfaches Musicalisches Kleeblatt Ulm, but not in edition, which gives a as lowest note.

The site is also available in several languages. 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. The other solution to 1 e.


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Help Center Find new research somata in: Alto trombones would make a distinctive sound for the first choir compared with the second, piam tenor trombones would provide a more homogeneous sound, with only the individual ranges and tone-colour of the cornett and violin providing differentiation. The sextus and bassus parts should be played on bass trombones. The septimus should be played an octave higher than written by a violin.

Skip to main content. The cornetto part goes down to g. Log In Sign Up. The quintus and octavus parts should be played on tenor trombones.

September Total duration: Don’t show me this message again. 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 gioganni correct Italian terms since fortte were consistently used in other contemporary publications: 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?

The picture is not so clear for choir one, where the altus and tenor parts are in mezzo-soprano clef and alto clef, respectively. Termini musici also refers to octave doubling by violin but does not refer to cornett.

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

The violino part goes down gabriell d, still too low for the violin but would only require a standard-sized viola. Click here to sign up. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.