SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES

Gabrieli: Canzona

Realisation for small chamber orchestra or instrumental ensemble

1969

5 minutes

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Dedication

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Scoring

Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, strings (multiple or single)

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Synopsis

Composer Notes

This Canzona is taken from the solo organ works of Gabrieli: the form is that of a rondo, the 3/2 of the intermediate sections contrasting with the 2/2 of the main subject.

Programme Notes

Short Note by Paul Griffiths

Gabrieli’s exuberance is straightforwardly relocated here for modern instruments: quintets of wind and strings, which would probably best be well separated in order to make the most of the echo effects between the two groups. Performance by one player to a part is implied by the liveliness, especially for the contributions from flute (which goes high), oboe, clarinet and violins. A bright opener for a professional ensemble, or for a school concert.

 

First Performance

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Friday, 11 April 1969

Orchestra Nova