Transferring the Gabrielis to the north. On the reception of Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli in seventeenth-century Scandinavia
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Music by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli did not have a prominent place in Sweden during the early modern period and a substantial part of the music by them preserved in Swedish libraries arrived as booties of war during the Thirty Years’ War and was never in practical use. There is performance material in manuscripts connected with the German Church in Stockholm, Uppsala University and some of the cathedral city gymnasia, with parts mostly copied from German or Flemish anthologies of Italian music. The situation in Sweden differs radically from Denmark, where there was a much more active reception, with Danish composers traveling to study for Giovanni Gabrieli. Still, it is argued that the kind of peripheral and mediated dissemination revealed in Swedish Gabrieli sources should not be mistaken for passive reception, but was rather marked by a different degrees of agency.
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