Title

Divide and Conquer: Giovanni Gabrieli’s Composition of Antiphonal Works and His Contribution to the Rise in Importance of Instrumental Music

Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Gabrieli, Giovanni, antiphonal, poly-choral, brass, St. Mark's, late renaissance

Proposal

The purpose of this research is to explore the polychoral works of Giovanni Gabrieli and identify how he contributed substantially to many aspects of the Mid- to Late Renaissance and Early Baroque repertoire. As the principal composer and secondary organist, he wrote antiphonal music for St. Mark’s basilica that was unprecedented during his time. These works included aspects of the coming Baroque era and his own unique and creative style without compromising his own musical ideals to conform to the new Baroque musical practices. His compositions differed from his contemporaries’ works by including careful dissonance, unique harmonic progressions, interwoven melodies, and precise instrumentation which were all elements of his established sound. He increased the use of instruments such as cornetts, trombones, and the organ, and this contributed to the rising importance of instrumental music. Additionally, his work was held in high standing by many fellow composers and citizens of various other occupations. Through studying portions of polychordal pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli, analyzing these excerpts, and examining historical documentation that describes the reception and specific aspects of these works, one can conclude that Gabrieli was a major contributor to the creation of antiphonal music and the increased prominence of instrumental music.

Start Date

4-8-2020 1:00 PM

End Date

4-22-2020 6:00 PM

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Divide and Conquer: Giovanni Gabrieli’s Composition of Antiphonal Works and His Contribution to the Rise in Importance of Instrumental Music

The purpose of this research is to explore the polychoral works of Giovanni Gabrieli and identify how he contributed substantially to many aspects of the Mid- to Late Renaissance and Early Baroque repertoire. As the principal composer and secondary organist, he wrote antiphonal music for St. Mark’s basilica that was unprecedented during his time. These works included aspects of the coming Baroque era and his own unique and creative style without compromising his own musical ideals to conform to the new Baroque musical practices. His compositions differed from his contemporaries’ works by including careful dissonance, unique harmonic progressions, interwoven melodies, and precise instrumentation which were all elements of his established sound. He increased the use of instruments such as cornetts, trombones, and the organ, and this contributed to the rising importance of instrumental music. Additionally, his work was held in high standing by many fellow composers and citizens of various other occupations. Through studying portions of polychordal pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli, analyzing these excerpts, and examining historical documentation that describes the reception and specific aspects of these works, one can conclude that Gabrieli was a major contributor to the creation of antiphonal music and the increased prominence of instrumental music.