Scherza Amarilli e Clori
transcribed by Dr. David Mathie
for six-part brass ensemble
(3 trpts, 3 trbns, hn parts to sub for trpt 3 and trbn 1)
Scherza Amarilli e Clori was written in 1600 for the wedding
of Gabrieli’s close friend Georg Gruber, a Tuscan nobleman.
It was originally scored for a chorus of six voices: two sopranos
(probably boys), alto, tenor, baritone and bass voices. Unlike many
of his works that were written for performance in St. Mark’s
Cathedral, this piece is not really antiphonal in nature.
This transcription was taken from the complete works (Giovani Gabrieli
Opera Omnia, Volume XII: Madrigalia, edited by
Denis Arnold, American Institute of Musicology, Hänssler-Verlag,
1974). Editorial additions have been kept to a minimum: the slurs
were taken from the text, while the dynamics are suggested by both
the text and texture of the music. Musical interpretations should
bear in mind that the work is vocal in nature.
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