Omaggio a Gabrieli
About: Giovanni Gabrieli’s brass works have a special place in my ear, with their lush sonorities and free imitation. My homage to him is in one movement with three sections: the first section introduces a repeating harmonic structure in the tuba, then weaves it through other instruments. A middle section is quicker, with playful dancing rhythms. The passacaglia then returns for a final triumphant ending.
Premiere: Ryan Hallum, Daniel Summers, Katie Devine, Matt Fell, and Beth Mitchell on April 28th, 2009 at Biola University’s Lansing Auditorium, La Mirada, CA.
Instrumentation: 2 trumpets in Bb, horn in F, trombone, tuba
Duration: ca. 6 minutes