Hyperion Records

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

'Gabrieli: Christmas Motets; Schütz: The Christmas Story' (CDH55310)
Gabrieli: Christmas Motets; Schütz: The Christmas Story
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55310  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae' (CDA66908)
Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66908 
'Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies' (CDA67957)
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67957  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1  Super-budget price sampler — Download only  
'Exultate Deo' (CDA66850)
Exultate Deo
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66850 
'Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea' (CDD22072)
Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea
Buy by post £10.50 CDD22072  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
'Schütz: The Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Christmas Motets' (CDH55310)
Schütz: The Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Christmas Motets
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH55310  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) KING3  Super-budget price sampler — Archive Service  
'The King's Consort Baroque Collection' (KING4)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
KING4  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
'The King's Consort Collection' (KING7)
The King's Consort Collection
KING7  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
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)
   English   Français   Deutsch