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Instrumental Music

  • The Gabrieli family dominated
  • Andrea: madrigal composer
  • Doubled some vocal parts with instruments
  • Split the choir up to Cori Spezzati or divided choir
  • Giovanni: nephew who inherited Andrea’s church gig
  • Wrote exclusively for instruments in cori spezzati

Instrumental Music

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Wait…There Were Instruments Too? 0:12
    • Period Dominated by the Voice
    • La Familia Gabrieli
    • Andrea Gabrieli
    • Giovanni Gabrieli
  • Andrea Gabrieli 1:42
    • Madrigal Composer, Third Generation
    • Well-Known Church Organist
    • Madrigal Became Simpler, More Pastoral, and More Homophonic
    • Cori Spezzati: Divided Choir
    • Doubled Some Parts with Instruments
    • Instruments Then Became Second Choir, Written for Exclusively
  • Giovanni Gabrieli 3:44
    • Famous Organist and Composer
    • Sonata pian' e forte (1597): Groundbreaking, First Piece to Use Dynamics, First Piece Written for Just Instruments
  • Review 6:19
    • Instrumental Music Became Popular Towards the End of the Renaissance
    • Explosion of Instrumental Music in Baroque
    • Instruments were Always Around
    • Classic Composers Started to Write for Them in the Church
    • Gained Popularity Outside of the Working Class