‘Gabrieli à 2(2)’: Challenges and rewards of technology-enhanced performance

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This article discusses an innovative approach to the performance of Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sonata XX devised by Jamie Savan (treble, mute and tenor cornetts), Adam Woolf (tenor and bass sackbuts) and John Ayers (electronics). In performance, using Ableton Live software, the two performers play the piece 11 times in order to record all 22 parts between them, constructing the work through simultaneous replay of recorded tracks and the live recording of further tracks, thus enabling an audience to experience the work building up in stages. The demands and rewards of this process are articulated through data collected from semi-structured interviews with the performers and sound engineer and from audience responses. The findings suggest that complex challenges are involved in delivering the performance; however, digital technology can enable new understanding and enjoyment of this music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-686
Number of pages4
JournalEarly Music
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2015


  • Giovanni Gabrieli
  • ornamentation
  • layering
  • Sonata XX
  • dialogue

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