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Giovanni Gabrieli and His Contemporaries

Music, Sources and Collections, 1st Edition

By Richard Charteris


350 pages

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Hardback: 9781409403692
pub: 2011-02-28

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For more than three decades Richard Charteris has researched European music, sources and collections, focusing particularly on late Renaissance England, Germany and Italy. This group of essays, many concerning previously unknown or unexplored works and materials, covers the 16th and early to mid 17th centuries. The studies involve variously 'new' compositions, music manuscripts and editions, and documents that relate to figures such as the Italians Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder, the Germans Hans Leo Hassler and Adam Gumpelzhaimer, as well as the Englishmen John Coprario, John Dowland, John Jenkins, Henry Lawes, William Lawes, Peter Philips, and the French composer Marin Marais. In addition, Charteris elucidates contemporary performance practice in relation to works by Gabrieli, investigates printed music editions that originated from the Church of St Anna, Augsburg, and evaluates materials in collections, inlcuding ones in Berlin, Hamburg, Kraków, London, Regensburg and Warsaw.


'Most musicians (especially brass players) and music students are familiar with some of the works by Giovanni Gabrieli and some aspects of his life, but few are aware of Gabrieli’s impressive total output or of his influence on the development of compositional style in the early 17th century. Fortunately, Richard Charteris does. He has been working on Gabrieli for much of his life, and this book contains 11 superb essays on the subject that he published between 1975 and 2009… If you want to know more about Gabrieli, this would be a good book to own.' Early Music America 'The articles are the product of meticulous research.' The Consort

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Newly discovered manuscript parts and annotations in a copy of Giovanni Gabrieli's Symphoniae sacrae (1615); Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae symphoniae (Venice, 1597): some rediscovered partbooks with new evidence about performance practice; A new keyboard work by Giovanni Gabrieli and the relevance of its compositional technique; Autographs of John Coprario; 'Fuerunt mihi lacrymae': Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder or the Younger?; A rediscovered manuscript source with some previously unknown works by John Jenkins, William Lawes and Benjamin Rogers; New motets by Hans Leo Hassler: indications of second thoughts; A newly discovered songbook in Poland with works by Henry Lawes and his contemporaries; An early-17th-century collection of sacred vocal music and its Augsburg connections; New connections between Eastern Europe and works by Philips, Dowland, Marais and others; A neglected anthology of sacred vocal music dating from the 16th century; Addenda and corrigenda; Indexes.

About the Author

Richard Charteris is Professor in Historical Musicology at the University of Sydney, Australia

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
MUSIC / History & Criticism