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Canzon primi toni a 8, C170
composer
1597; No 1 of Sacrae Symphoniae

Recordings
'Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae' (CDA66908)
Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
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Track 2 on CDA66908 [4'03]

Canzon primi toni a 8, C170
The first of five canzonas for two equal four-part choirs in Sacrae Symphoniae, relatively traditional pieces clearly reflecting the symmetrical formal patterns of the old chanson. The Canzon primi toni a 8 (here transposed down a fourth) is dance-like, its pavan-like rhythms and regular sequences appropriate to the ‘worthy and pleasing harmony’ (Diruta), ‘halfway between sad and cheerful’ (Zarlino) of the 1st mode, giving way twice to a tripla in sedate galliard style.

The two choirs are very much of one mind, their conversation consisting mainly of dignified agreement, and the beautiful division-like sequences (here embellished ad libitum by the cornettists) create a quality of serene nobility.

from notes by Timothy Roberts 1997

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66908 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-90802
Duration
4'03
Recording date
5 March 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae (CDA66908)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1997
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