Andrea Gabrieli – Critical Editions

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National Edition of the Works of Andrea Gabrieli
Published by Casa Ricordi with the collaboration of the Fondazione Cini of Venice
General Editor:
David Bryant

Full score with critical commentary included:
Hardbound volumes, 29 x 21,5 cm; each volume includes the Historical Introduction and the Critical Commentary in Italian and English.

With few exceptions, the primary source materials for the works of Andrea Gabrieli are represented by printed editions: a total of 18 monographical collections and a large number of anthologies, published in Venice between 1554 (a five-part madrigal, included in a collection dedicated almost entirely to works by the celebrated Vincenzo Ruffo) and 1605 (with the last of Gabrieli’s six editions of music for keyboard).

There is also a limited quantity of manuscript sources. Together, these volumes provide a series of highly varied chapters in the history of what might well be described as the ‘anni mirabiles’ of Venetian music: a survey of the various theatrical, poetic, festive, commemorative and religious aspects evident at every level of contemporary Venetian musical culture.

The present edition has the twin aims of illustrating the historical values and meaning of the repertory and, at the same time, satisfying performers’ needs through simplicity and clarity of presentation. It is organized in two chronological series: in vita and post mortem.

Each series contains the relevant monographical publications (whose integrity as historical documents is at all times fully respected) and – in a separate volume – the anthologies. As regards the latter, the individual character of each anthology is preserved to the point where individual compositions by Gabrieli forming part of an integrated cycle of works by various composers are published in their natural position alongside the other works in the cycle.

The transcription, while catering for the requirements of most modern readers, respects the salient aspects of 16th-century notation: original note values; original clefs/alterations/time signatures given at the beginning of each piece (followed by their modern equivalents); barlines placed between the staves (never on the staves themselves); double version of instrumental tablatures (facsimile and transcription); etc.

Each volume is accompanied by a comprehensive preface and critical commentary, further amplified in the course of four introductory, nonmusical volumes of useful material for a detailed cultural and contextual interpretation of the repertory.


Critical Editions available

Part 1. Historical Introduction

I. Gli anni di Andrea Gabrieli: biografia e cronologiaOut of print | For more information, please contact the Sales Office
Edited by Gino Benzoni, David Bryant, Martin Morell (1988)
One-volume set: pp. 101
NR 134347

III. I testi poetici: edizione critica e fonti letterarie
Edited by Mila De Santis (2001)
One-volume set: pp. 158
NR 138624

Part 2. Published Works

2. Il primo libro di madrigali a cinque voci
Edited by Alessandro Borin and David Bryant (2003)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 272
NR 139190

3. Il secondo libro di madrigali a cinque voci
Edited by David Butchart (1996)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 286
NR 135337

5. Il primo libro di madrigali a sei voci
Edited by Alessandro Borin (2014)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 249
NR 141112

6. Libro primo de madrigali a tre voci
Edited by Alessandra Andreotti (1999)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 108
NR 137985

7. Ecclesiasticarum cantionum quatuor vocum
Edited by David Bryant, Elena Quaranta (2003)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 148
NR 138893

8. Il secondo libro de’ madrigali a sei voci
Edited by Franco Colussi (2001)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 184
NR 138584

9. Psalmi Davidici
Edited by Denis Arnold, David Bryant (1988)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 186
NR 134348

10.i Le opere attestate in antologie stampate e manoscritte compilate in vita
Edited by Alessandro Borin and David Bryant (2021)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 240
NR 141334

Part 3. Posthumous Works

11.i Concerti di Andrea, et di Gio. Gabrieli
Edited by David Bryant (1989)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 320
NR 134665

11.ii Concerti di Andrea, et di Gio. Gabrieli
Edited by David Bryant (1989)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 294
NR 134666

11.iii Concerti di Andrea, et di Gio. Gabrieli
Edited by Elena Quaranta (2017)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 228
NR 141333

12. Chori in musica […] sopra li chori della tragedia di Edippo Tiranno
Edited by Nino Pirrotta (1995)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 138
NR 135953

13. Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci
Edited by Alessandro Borin (2011)
One-volume set: core + critical commentary pp. 236
NR 140584

14. Madrigali et ricercari a quattro voci
Edited by Alessandro Borin (1989)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 152
NR 140585

17.i Le composizioni vocali in intavolature per tastiera e liutoOut of print | For more information, please contact the Sales Office
Edited by Dinko Fabris (1999)
One-volume set: score + critical commentary pp. 198
NR 135336


In preparation

Part 1. Historical Introduction

II. I testi liturgici
IV. La cerimonialità

Part 2. Published Works

1. Sacrae cantiones
4. Primus liber missarum sex vocum
10.ii Le opere attestate in antologie stampate e manoscritte compilate in vita

Part 3. Posthumous Works

11.iv Concerti di Andrea, et di Gio. Gabrieli
15. Opere testimoniate in antologie e raccolte di vari autori
16. La musica per strumenti da tasto nelle stampe monografiche 1593-1605
17.ii La musica per strumenti da tasto e liuto
18. Composizioni incomplete