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Canzon I La Spiritata a 4 - No. 186

By Giovanni Gabrieli

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Brass Quartet - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Giovanni Gabrieli (1553-1612). Arranged by Randy A. Steinberg. Baroque Period. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Randy A. Steinberg (S0.113219).

Item Number: S0.113219

Giovanni Gabrieli was no mere composer. He was an event. The figure at the nexus of many things all coming together in one grand tide. The greatest church in the greatest city of Europe. Freedom of intellectual thought. A Venetian School of composers at the forefront of musical innovation. The printing press and musical publishing. A Doge (Chief Magistrate or Duke) willing to spend, and spend big, on musical pomp and ceremony. A dearth of wealth and money to fund the grandest celebrations. He was the leading Italian composer and organist in Venice at its greatest heights at the chasm between the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque period in music. One of the most popular of his smaller instrument works are the 4 Canzonas. Presented here is the first of them written around 1608. It is unique in that it is the only Canzona of those 4 that are in a minor key. Called ‘La Spiritata’ meaning “the spirited”, it takes its themes from French chansons that were quite popular in Venice at that time. Loaded with complex driving rhythms it is a most interesting work that enthralls audiences with its high spirits.

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