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Born between 1510 and 1520, in Venice; died in 1586, in Venice. Italian composer.
Gabrieli began his career in 1536 as a singer; in 1558 he was named organist of the Church of St. Jeremiah (Venice) and in 1584 first organist of St. Mark’s Cathedral. A leading member of the Venetian school, he wrote ecclesiastical compositions for several choruses with orchestra and two organs. He also wrote secular compositions, music for festive ceremonies (the victory at Lepanto in 1571, the opening of the Olimpico Theater in Vicenza in 1585), madrigals, and organ pieces. Gabrieli’s students and successors include H. L. Hassler, G. Croce, O. Vecchi, A. Banchieri, and G. Gabrieli.