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Canzon noni toni a 8, C173

composer
1597; No 4 of Sacrae Symphoniae

 
At first sight, the harmonies created by the 9th mode, with their many semitones, may seem similar to those of the ‘tearful’ 4th. But here the effect is sad and wistful rather than tragic, as Zarlino implies: the mode has ‘a pleasing severity, mixed with a certain cheerfulness, and soft sweetness’. This description seems apt for the conflicting tensions created by Gabrieli’s opening harmonies, with its three semitones (between the 5th and 6th, 3rd and 4th, and also 1st and flattened 2nd degrees of the scale). The tripla, heard twice, features sequential harmony whose hypnotic effect complements well the melancholy of the duple-time music. (Transposed down a 4th.)

from notes by Timothy Roberts 1997

Recordings

Gabrieli: Sacrae Symphoniae
CDA66908

Track-specific metadata for CDA66908 track 20

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-90820
Duration
3'09
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 20
    Release date: September 1997
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