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Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (Venice, c. 1557 - 1612), nephew and pupil of Andrea Gabrieli, continued the passion and music of his famous uncle.
Like his uncle, Giovanni Gabrieli was highly respected by his contemporaries for both  his organ playing and his compositions.

Considered one of the greatest composers of his day, at the age of just 20 he was at the Court of Duke Albrecht V in Munich.
He then moved to Venice as organ master of St. Mark’s Basilica. There he completed his masterpiece Sacare Symphoniae, based on the concept of a symphony that was a foretaste of the Baroque style and significantly in harmony with many of the great Venetian painters in the 1500s.
Gabrieli’s legacy was increased and improved attention to the rhythm and recitation of the words. He also sought to improve and introduce a new balance between the vocal and instrumental parts.

Most of his work was sacred polychoral music, where the choir, soloists and instrumentalists combine to create spectacular timbre effects, popular throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Giovanni Gabrieli’s importance in the history of music can be seen in his Canti concertati, Madrigali o ricercari and Tre Magnificat.


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