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They that he was born in Italy.

They do not know very much about his early life besides the fact that he was born in Italy. His father, Michelangelo Caccini, was a carpenter. He had a older brother, Giovanni Caccini, and he was a sculptor. He studied multiple different instruments such as the harp, lute, and voila. He soon began gaining a singing reputation and in the early 1560’s the Duke of Florence, Francesco de’ Medici, was so highly impressed with him that he took him from Rome to Florence so he could continue his study in music. Soon after he started singing at the Medici Court. Giulio sang tenor and a viol or archlute played by himself was often accompanying him when he performed. He played at different events like weddings, affairs of state, and took part in sumptuous intermedi of the time. His music was seen as one of the precursors to opera. He was also part of the movement of humanists, writings, musicians, and scholars of the ancient world who formed the Florentine Camerata whose goal was to recover the lost glory of ancient Greek dramatic music. Besides that, music was he main job. He gained most of his fame by writing solos. His first opera was written in 1600. It was called Euridice. He wrote a second the same year and that one was II rapimento di Cefalo. He had help from other musicians for both of those pieces. His third piece was done fully by himself and shared the same name as the first, Euridice. In 1589, he wrote the music for an intermedio and named it lo che dal ciel cader farei la luna. Two collections were published of his. They included both songs and madrigals. The title of the first was Le nuove which got published in 1601. The second title was also Le nuove but was published in 1614. Multiple voice music does not exist, but records show he helped with polychoral music five years before his death. The first piece I choose is Ave Maria. I choose this piece because it is one of his more popular songs. It was originally written in latin but has been translated to many different languages. It is a Catholic prayer. They sing this piece on the fourth Sunday of advent, which is the Sunday before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also sung during the Feast of the Annunciation,Feast of the Immaculate Conception, weddings, funerals, and masses that are celebrated at different times of the year. This piece is pretty slow through the whole thing. The thing that stands out to me the most is that it is supposedly one of the first opera pieces ever written in this way. This song pushed composers to make musical pieces from prayer to use during worships. This piece can be played in different congregational hymns, solos and many choral arrangements. It was originally written by Giulio Caccini but one of the most popular composers to direct it today is a composer Franz Schubert of Austria.


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