Gabrieli - Venetian Renaissance Music Features

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  • Gabrieli - Venetian Renaissance Music
    • Forces
      • Cornett
      • Sackbutts
      • Violin (closer to a modern day viola's range)
      • Use of 2 coros
      • Not idiomatic instrumental writing
      • Terraced dynamics
    • Texture
      • Polychoral style texture was a common feature of the Venetian Renaissance
      • Two coros to be positioned on the seperate balconies of St. Mark's - antiphonal texture (q & a between coros at bars 37-40)
      • The main texture is free polyphony
      • There is occasional imitation, e.g.  bars 4 beat 4-bar 6 beat 1
      • In Free Counterpoint
    • Structure
      • Through-composed - no repetition of sections
      • Sectional - links to vocal music
    • Tonality
      • The piece is in the Dorian Mode on G
      • There is a section suggesting the Mixolydian mode from bars 26-31
    • Harmony
      • Root position chords and 1st inversion chords are used e.g. bar 14
      • Suspensions are the main form of dissonance e.g. bar 3 beat 4 to bar 4 beat 1
      • There are tierces de picardie
      • There are perfect, b13-14, imperfect, plagal and phrygian b44-5 cadences
      • False relation in bar 3
    • Melody
      • Melodic interest moves from part to part, or is in 2 parts, e.g. bars 1-2
      • Melody lines are conjunct, sometimes forming scalic movement - derived from vocal music
      • Largest leap is an octave
      • Restricted range
      • Frequent leaps of 4th or 5th e.g. bar 6
    • Rhythm & Metre
      • Frequent dotted notes
      • Syncopation e.g. bar 3 Tromb 3
      • In split common time (2/2)
      • In 3/2 at bars 30 and 44
      • Limited note lengths

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