Personalities | Andrea Gabrieli | Renaissance | Classical
(An-dra’-a Gab-re-a’-le) c. 1510–86
After spending some time in Munich as a colleague of Lassus, Gabrieli became maestro di cappella at St Mark’s, Venice in 1566. There, with the resources of its great choir at his disposal, he composed an impressive repertory of music for various combinations of voices and instruments. His style – in sacred and secular genres – is characterized by clear textures and lively incisive rhythms. He made a contribution to the pre-history of opera by composing choruses for an Italian-language production of Sophocles’ Oedipus tyrannus, performed at Vicenza in 1585.
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