Personalities | Giacomo Carissimi | Early Baroque | Classical

(Ja’-ko-mo Ka-res’-se-me) 1605–74
Italian composer

Carissimi was the most important composer of oratorios of his time. He was born in Rome where, in about 1630, he became maestro di cappella at Sant’Apollinare, the church of the Jesuit Collegio Germanico, renowned for its musical tradition. Carissimi composed masses and motets, but is chiefly admired for his cantatas and his harmonically affecting oratorios, in which a narrator (historicus) recounts the events while solo voices, both in contrast and in combination, further enliven the story. Choruses provide an additional dramatic dimension to a fundamentally concertato style. Carissimi was a celebrated teacher who may have numbered Charpentier among his pupils.

Recommended Recording:
Duets and Cantatas, Concerto Vocale (dir) René Jacobs

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