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.
Although originally written for Chorus (SSAATTBB), I
created this arrangement for a Double Woodwind Quartet
(Flutes (2), Oboes (2), Bb Clarinets (2) & Bassoons