Personalities | Giovanni Gabrieli | Renaissance | Classical

(Jo-van’-ne Gab-re-a’-le) c. 1553–1612
Italian composer

Gabrieli was taught by his uncle Andrea Gabrieli and, like him, was first employed in Munich with Lassus. After Andrea’s death Giovanni became principal composer for St Mark’s, Venice, and he wrote much of his music with its choir (and building) in mind. His musical debt to his uncle is evident in the Concerti (1587), a collection of motets and madrigals for various combinations of voices and instruments by both men. Giovanni’s lively instrumental canzonas and sonatas, which often use contrasting ‘choirs’ of instruments, have remained popular. His Sonata pian e forte, published in 1597, is an early example of the use of specified dynamics.

Recommended Recording:
Music for San Rocco, Gabrieli Consort & Players (dir) Paul McCreesh (Archiv)

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