Giovanni Gabrieli was born in Venice in or about 1557.
He studied With his uncle, Andrea Gabrieli, who was
considered to be a master of the Venetian school. More
than any of the Venetians who had preceded him,
Giovanni Gabrieli devised an instrumental style as
opposed to a vocal one. He had the ability to handle
instruments with such mastery and variety of means that
the history book is sometimes inclined to describe him
as the "father of orchestratlon.
"Canzon Duodecimi Toni" by Gabrieli was penned in 1597
and represents one of the earliest earliest periods of
wind band history. The work is an excellent example of
the polychoral style of music which t>1aS performed in
the cathedrals by 1600 A. D. It also represents a type
of music which is beginning to enjoy a renaissance
Although originally written for brass instruments, I
created this arrangement for non-standard Woodwind
Quartet (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon).