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Giovanni Gabrieli

(c. 1552—1612)


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(b Venice, c.1554; d Venice, 1612).

It. composer and organist, nephew of A. Gabrieli whose pupil he was. Second org., St Mark's, Venice, from 1585. One of the great Venetian composers of motets with instr. accs. His mus. made use of the special antiphonal effects of vv. and brass obtainable in St Mark's. Comps. incl.Canzone for various combinations; 2 sets of Sacrae symphoniae (1597 and 1615), the first set containing the celebrated Sonata pian' e forte alla quarta bassa; concertos; and many motets incl. Angelus ad pastores, O magnum mysterium, Exaudi Deus, Hodie Christus natus est, Jubilate Deo, Regina coeli, Sancta et immaculata virginitas, etc. Also wrote many secular madrigals. Pupils incl. Schütz and Praetorius.

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