Giacomo Carissimi

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... read moreItalian composer Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) is regarded as the father of the oratorio. After serving apprenticeships in Tivoli and Assisi, Carissimi was installed at the Jesuit seminary Collegio Germanico e Hungarico in Rome and, from 1629 until his death, served as its maestro di cappella...

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Vittoria, Mio Core!: Vittoria, Mio Core! (Live)
Giacomo Carissimi
2:35
Ferma Lascia Ch'io Parlo: A Cantata
Giacomo Carissimi
12:08
Lucifero
Giacomo Carissimi
5:35
Vittoria, Mio Core!
Giacomo Carissimi
2:56
"Vittoria, Vittoria!"
Giacomo Carissimi
3:27

Biography

Country Of origin: Italy

An Italian composer of historical import for his development of secular musical forms over the sacred. Carissimi had a number of students from France, Germany and certainly some from Italy; this is indicative of the far-reaching influence he had. His influence was demonstrated in England; a number of his pieces affected the Anglican liturgy and hymnody. Even Handel is thought to have borrowed some of Carissimi's ideas for his "Samson". He was a prolific composer of motets, oratorios, and cantatas. In the 18th century it was thought that Carissimi invented the cantata. For the motets, Carissimi exceeded no boundaries. His oratorios aided in the development of the recitative as he split the text up among the various voices including the chorus which truly distinguishes his work. The chorus in his oratorios acted much the same as the chorus in ancient Greek tragedies: the depiction of thought; narration that fills in the story-line; progression through the text and even admonitions. Carissimi's cantatas demonstrate that he had a keen awareness regarding music's capacity to be used for expressing emotion. ~ Keith Johnson~ Rovi

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