This tidy little four-part Canzon seconda by Giovanni Gabrieli is a bright, compact and beautifully balanced mosaic of attractive and distilled contrapuntal dialogues. Far from the scope of the big antiphonal works for St Mark’s Venice, this is chamber music whose extant organ source is surely shorthand for an ensemble piece with cornetts and sackbuts. Finding a fleet-footed conversation with the piano is the trumpeter’s challenge, so that the motives flow effortlessly into one another with elegance and direction.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piccolo Trumpet in A
  • Piano

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