Dear Friends in Christ,
There are two components to church music, music that includes congregation participation and music that is performaissanceed for the congregation by church musicians. Today we are looking at the later of these categories. Music performed by church musicians includes preludes, offertories, postludes, choir presentations, solos, etc...
During the Renaissance, the music director of a cathedral not only performed music, he (this was before women's liberation) directed the vocal and instrumental performance, and composed the music. Giovanna Gabrieli was the music director of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice Italy.
Today we are going to imagine that we are living in the 1600s in Venice, Italy and attending church at St. Mark's. St. Mark's was built with two choir balconies and thus lent itself to antiphonal music . The music director/composer could have choirs (singers or instrumentalists) in each choir loft. These musicians often took turns playing during one piece of music. This back and forth between two groups is referred to as antiphonal. Gabrieli composed both choral and instrumental music for St. Mark's. Here is one of my favorite instrumental works . This might have been used as a prelude or postlude.
Here is a choral piece. It is in Latin, but has English translations.
This is an article about Gabrieli.
This is a short article about St. Mark's.
Stay safe, stay cool, and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me your favorite hymns.
In His Service,