Sonata XIII a 8

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Sonata Xiii A 8

Composed by: Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554-1612)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

Saint Ignatius of Antioch (c.35-110) had a vision of angels singing in alternate choirs and adapted the mirror structure of Hebrew psalms into Christian worship. The practice of polychoral antiphony further developed in Gregorian chant and was refined and popularized in Venice. This adaption of a choral piece from the Italian high Renaissance represents Gabrieli’s interest in the Venetian polychoral experiments: spatially separating halves of a choir to create a musical dialogue across the performance venue. In modern renditions of these early trials of stereo sound, eight electric guitars substitute for the grandeur of the Basilica San Marco di Venezia.

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