This selection of works by Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553-1612) is a very good introduction to the composer and his concertato style that he developed while he was organist at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. It gives a good introduction to the composer if you're not familiar with him. 2 different types of works are presented here: the motet and the canzon. The first one is a religious work written for choir and organ and (sometimes) brass. The latter is only used to sustain the choir at some key points in the text. Most of the time, it doubles the voices. The organ is used as an accompaniment, but in a more elaborate way than a simple basso continuo.
Gabrieli was known as a master of this genre. Actually, he used the characteristics of St. Mark's to create a special sound for the services, by putting the choir on one side of the church and the brass on the opposite side. The organ, in the middle, would serve as an intermediary for both groups. It then created a rich sound that...
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