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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The sonata has been transposed and the marking, alla quarta bassa, is a description and not an instruction. The quintus and octavus parts should be played on tenor trombones.

The sextus and bassus parts should be played on bass trombones. The piaan part goes down to A. First, considering the bass of each choir: Skip to main content.

The cantus should be played by a regular cornett. What are the problems? Don’t show me this message again. The violino part goes down to d, still too low for the violin but would only require a standard-sized viola.

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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. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. 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.

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?


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Torte 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. 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.

These are shown in the following table. The cornetto part goes down to g. Both of these parts could easily be played on either alto or sobata trombones or one of each.

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. Click here to sign up. Aureleo Virgiliano, Il dolcimelo c. This is one step lower than the normal bottom note of the instrument. This includes the following advice, the significant comments are underlined: Sonata pian’ e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C composer. Remember me on this computer.

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.

Log In Sign Up. 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: 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: Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.


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. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. 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.

Speer, Vierfaches Musicalisches Kleeblatt Ulm, but not in edition, which gives a as lowest note. 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.

Is it possible that the indication alla quarta bassa is not an instruction, but a description? This instrument is frequently referred to for the playing of bass parts in high ranging works, often as an alternative to the trombone.

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