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

Giovanni Gabrieli

born: c1554/7
died: 1612
country: Italy

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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' (CDH55310)
Gabrieli: Christmas Motets; Schütz: The Christmas Story
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'Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae' (CDA66908)
Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
'Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies' (CDA67957)
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies
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'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
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'Exultate Deo' (CDA66850)
Exultate Deo
'Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea' (CDD22072)
Lo Sposalizio – The wedding of Venice to the sea
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'Schütz: The Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Christmas Motets' (CDH55310)
Schütz: The Christmas Story; Gabrieli: Christmas Motets
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'The James Bowman Collection' (KING3)
The James Bowman Collection
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'The King's Consort Baroque Collection' (KING4)
The King's Consort Baroque Collection
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'The King's Consort Collection' (KING7)
The King's Consort Collection
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Complete works available for download
Audite principes The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C177 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C178 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 10, C179 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon duodecimi toni a 8, C174 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, C180 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, per concertar con l'organo, C181 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon noni toni a 12, C183 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon noni toni a 8, C173 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Canzon primi toni a 10, C176 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon primi toni a 8, C170 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon quarti toni a 15, C185 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 12, C182 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C171 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Canzon septimi toni a 8, C172 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Exultet iam angelica turba, C131 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
In ecclesiis, C78 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Intonazione noni toni, C247b Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Iubilate Deo Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Kyrie, C71-73 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Kyrie, C71-73 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Bernhard Landauer (countertenor)
Lieto godea sedendo The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor), James Bowman (countertenor), Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, C63 Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Magnificat, C75 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Maria virgo, C35 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C24 Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O Jesu mi dulcissime, C56 Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
O magnum mysterium The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus, C52 Ex Cathedra, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Concerto Palatino, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
Quem vidistis pastores? The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Salvator noster The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sanctus a 12 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sonata octavi toni a 12, C184 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Sonata pian' e forte a 8, alla quarta bassa, C175 His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Sonata XX a 22 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Sonata XX a 22 The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Toccata quinti toni, CS2 Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD13 Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD15 Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Toccata, CD16 Timothy Roberts (organ/regal)
Udite, chiari e generosi figli The King's Consort, Robert King (conductor)
Vox Domini super aquas Jordanis, C64 Ex 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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