This piece was written by Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) in Venice. This 8-part instrumental Gabrieli's piece that used both loud and soft dynamics. The style that Gabrieli wrote in was known as Venetian polychoral style. Polychoral style is when you divide a choir or orchestra in groups. This style is very different from the polyphonic writings that were well-known during this period. Gabrieli was an important figure in the transition from the Renaissance period to the Baroque.