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Canzon primi toni a 10, C176

composer
1597; No 7 of Sacrae Symphoniae

 
A similar mood is evident in this second work in the 1st mode, whose initial theme (the opening bars are identical to those of one of Gabrieli’s organ canzonas) closely resembles that of its companion. Here, though, the scoring is not for separate choirs, but for an ensemble of ten equal parts. No instrumentation is specified; we have allocated pairs of cornetts, violins, alto cornetts and bass sackbuts, and a coupling of alto and tenor sackbut, each pair being separated, right and left, for clarity.

The canzona starts seriously, but leads through a madrigalian succession of contrasted, though related, melodies, each section rounded off by a clear cadence. The texture varies kaleidoscopically, the mid-point marked by a strikingly simple phrase in four-part harmony. A straightforward tripla, heard twice, leads into the closing canonic ‘Amen’.

from notes by Timothy Roberts 1997

Recordings

Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
CDA66908
Gabrieli: Sacred Symphonies
Studio Master: CDA67957Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA66908 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-90803
Duration
3'14
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 3
    Release date: September 1997
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