Giovanni Gabrieli: c1554/1557 – 12 Aug 1612

By | November 13, 2020


Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian composer in the late Renaissance and Baroque period and he used each style. He was also an organist and teacher.


Little is known about Gabrieli’s early life, however it is thought that he was brought up taught by his uncle Andrea Gabrieli who was organist at St Mark’s Cathedral from the 1560’s.

Between 1575 and 1579 Gabrieli worked under Orlando di Lasso in Munich as his uncle had before him.

A photograph of the tomb of Giovanni Gabrieli

He returned to Venice, and in 1585 his much loved uncle died. Gabrieli succeeded him as second organist and principal composer at St Mark’s Cathedral. He remained in this post until his death in 1612. He was also appointed organist of Scuola Grade di San Rocco in 1585 and composed ceremonial music.

His distinctive music was derived from his time at St Mark’s for which he wrote both vocal and instrumental works.

Alongside his positions as organist he was a teacher. Heinrich Schütz, the German composer was one of his students.

Further Reading & Musical Downloads

At we have a few arrangements for you of Giovanni Gabrieli’s compositions. For further information take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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