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Gabrieli, Giovanni (c1554/7-1612)
Portrait by Annibale Carracci (1560–1609)

Giovanni Gabrieli

born: c1554/7
died: 1612
country: Italy

We do not know for certain when or where Gabrieli was born. The record of his death from kidney stones, dating from 12 August 1612, gives his age as fifty-eight, which would suggest a birth date of around 1554. His father lived for a period in the parish of San Geremia in Venice, so it is possible that Giovanni was born in the city. Like his uncle Andrea, he spent some time—certainly between 1575 and 1578—at the court of Duke Albrecht V in Munich, where he worked as a musician under one of the most important composers of the mid-sixteenth century, Orlande de Lassus. By 1584 Giovanni was working in Venice, as temporary second organist at St Mark’s; this appointment was made permanent from 1 January 1585 and Giovanni held it until his death.

Like many of the St Mark’s musicians, however, Giovanni also worked to provide music in other Venetian institutions as a way of supplementing his salary: on 4 August 1585 he was also appointed organist to the Scuola Grande of San Rocco, a charitable confraternity of wealthy and pious laymen, for whom he played at Mass and Vespers on a number of occasions each year, and directed the sumptuous music for the annual feast of San Rocco (St Roche) on 16 August. For this festival Mass was celebrated before the doge at the church of San Rocco and followed by music in the lavishly decorated upper room of the scuola. The 1608 celebration of St Roche’s day was described in great detail by an English traveller, Thomas Coryat, who heard the music at the scuola directed, as we now know, by Gabrieli himself. Coryat’s much-quoted account tells of there being seven organs in the room, accompanying some twenty singers and an equal number of instrumentalists, performing together in ensembles of various sizes for around three hours. The music was, he says, ‘so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super-excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like’. It is possible, then, that as many of Giovanni’s grand instrumental and vocal works were written for the Scuola Grande of San Rocco as for St Mark’s.

from notes by John Whenham © 2012

Albums

Gabrieli: Christmas Motets; Schütz: The Christmas Story
CDH55310Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
CDA66908
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies
Studio Master: CDA67957Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Exultate Deo
CDA66850
Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea
CDD220722CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Schütz: The Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Christmas Motets
CDH55310Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
The James Bowman Collection
This album is not yet available for downloadKING3Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
KING4Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The King's Consort Collection
KING7Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

Audite principesThe King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C177His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C178His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C179His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 8, C174His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, C180His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, per concertar con l'organo, C181His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon noni toni a 12, C183His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon noni toni a 8, C173His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon primi toni a 8, C170His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 12, C182His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C171His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C172His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Exultet iam angelica turba, C131Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
In ecclesiis, C78Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Intonazione noni toni, C247bTimothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Iubilate DeoWestminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Kyrie, C71-73Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Kyrie, C71-73The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Bernhard Landauer (countertenor)
Lieto godea sedendoThe King's Consort, Robert King (conductor), James Bowman (countertenor), Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, C63Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Magnificat, C75Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Maria virgo, C35Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C24Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C56Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O magnum mysteriumThe King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, C52Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Quem vidistis pastores?The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Salvator nosterThe King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sanctus a 12The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sonata octavi toni a 12, C184His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Sonata pian' e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C175His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Sonata XX a 22The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sonata XX a 22The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Toccata quinti toni, CS2Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD13Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD15Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD16Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Udite, chiari e generosi figliThe King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Vox Domini super aquas Jordanis, C64Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Audite principes (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C177 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C178 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C179 (Gabrieli)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 8, C174 (Gabrieli)
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, C180 (Gabrieli)
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, per concertar con l'organo, C181 (Gabrieli)
Canzon noni toni a 12, C183 (Gabrieli)
Canzon noni toni a 8, C173 (Gabrieli)
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176 (Gabrieli)
Canzon primi toni a 8, C170 (Gabrieli)
Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 12, C182 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C171 (Gabrieli)
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C172 (Gabrieli)
Exultet iam angelica turba, C131 (Gabrieli)
In ecclesiis, C78 (Gabrieli)
Intonazione noni toni, C247b (Gabrieli)
Iubilate Deo (Gabrieli)
Kyrie, C71-73 (Gabrieli)
Lieto godea sedendo (Gabrieli)
Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, C63 (Gabrieli)
Magnificat, C75 (Gabrieli)
Maria virgo, C35 (Gabrieli)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C24 (Gabrieli)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C56 (Gabrieli)
O magnum mysterium (Gabrieli)
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, C52 (Gabrieli)
Quem vidistis pastores? (Gabrieli)
Salvator noster (Gabrieli)
Sanctus a 12 (Gabrieli)
Sonata octavi toni a 12, C184 (Gabrieli)
Sonata pian' e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C175 (Gabrieli)
Sonata XX a 22 (Gabrieli)
Toccata quinti toni, CS2 (Gabrieli)
Toccata, CD13 (Gabrieli)
Toccata, CD15 (Gabrieli)
Toccata, CD16 (Gabrieli)
Udite, chiari e generosi figli (Gabrieli)
Vox Domini super aquas Jordanis, C64 (Gabrieli)
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