Personalities | Emilio de’ Cavalieri | Early Baroque | Classical

(A-mel’-yo da Ka-val-ya’-re) c. 1550–1602
Italian composer

Cavalieri was born in Rome and was a teacher, dancer and diplomat at the Medici court. In 1589 he organized the celebrated Florentine intermedi for the wedding of Grand Duke Ferdinando I and Christine of Lorraine. He was associated with the Florentine Camerata of Giovanni de’ Bardi, whose members experimented with musically continuous dramas. His La Rappresentatione di Animo e di Corpo, considered the first work of its kind, was performed in Rome in 1600. It contains passages of extended monodic recitative, solo airs and pieces in madrigal style. It is the earliest known score to be printed with figured-bass instrumental parts.

Recommended Recording:
La Rappresentatione di Animo e di Corpo, soloists, L’Arpeggiata (dir) Christina Pluhar (Alpha)

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