Born: Monday, October 8, 1551 in Tivoli, Italy
Died: Monday, December 10, 1618 in Florence, Italy
Nation of Origin: Italy
The opera Euridice
Operas, songs, and choral works
He is famous for Le nuove musiche (New Music) of 1602 which illustrated the new monodic style of the early Baroque with canzonets and madrigals. One of the songs included is Amarilli mia bella.
Caccini bridges the Renaissance and Baroque eras. His music represents an emphasis on monody (solo vocal music with harmonic accompaniment) instead of the Renaissance ideal of four equal voices in counterpoint. In addition to composing, Caccini was known as a singer, lutenist, and an excellent gardner. He worked in Florence for Cosimo I de' Medici around 1565. There he associated with a group of poets and musicians organized by Count Giovanni de Bardi (1534-1612) and the Italian nobleman Jacopo Corsi (1561-1602). This group is known as the Florentine Camerata. They met in the homes of aristocrats in Florence between 1573 and 1590. The chief products of this group were the first operas in music history and an expressive monodic style called stile rappresentativo.
Reese, Gustave, Music in the Renaissance, W.W. Norton & Company; November 1959, ISBN: 0393095304
Sachs, Curt, The Rise of Music in the Ancient World , W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188
Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257
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Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109
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