The year is 1590. You and many of the elite of Venice have gathered at the San Marco Basilica for the premier offering of Maestro Giovanni Gabrieli's latest work - his Canzona #7. This may very well be the cultural highlight of the season. The Maestro has access to the finest musicians in the area, and he is also San Marco's organist and Music Director.
Perhaps Gabrieli's favorite setting was to position brass choirs (typically 4 or 5 instruments per choir - 4 in this case) at far reaches of the building and let the sound linger and intermingle. This particular piece also features an organ (of course a majestic one befitting one of the finest cathedrals in Europe).
Back in his day, the instruments of choice for this type of piece were Cornettos (curved and straight) and Sackbutts. Of course, these have evolved into what we know today as trumpets (or cornets) and trombones. There are 9 trumpets and 7 trombones in this work. I had to use all of the available trumpets and trombones from JBB and borrowed some from CMB. The organ uses Jeux2 soundfonts - Reeds, Bombarde and Regal. The Garritan Ambience reverb was used - Cathedral preset.
As always, if you care to offer suggestions for improvement, I would appreciate your comments.
(This link is not working for some reason. Below is the link for the latest revision of this piece - from near the top of the thread - so that if you try to hear something, at least you will get the latest version, even if you can't compare it to the original).
THIS IS A GOOD LINK AS OF 1/05 @ 6PM (using Box.net, now)