Personalities | Jacopo Peri | Early Baroque | Classical

(Ya-ko-po Pa’-re) 1561–1633
Italian composer

Peri was a Florentine who held a post as musician at the Medici court. He was probably a member of Bardi’s famous circle of Camerata in Florence, but by 1592 was enjoying the patronage of the amateur composer Corsi. One of the poets of Corsi’s household was Rinuccini, whose pastoral poem Dafne was partly set to music by Corsi and then completed by Peri. It was first played at Corsi’s palace in 1598 and repeated at court in 1599 and 1600. Dafne was the first full-length opera ever written. It was followed by Euridice (1600), another PeriRinuccini collaboration, with additional music by Caccini. In each of these works Peri sought a compromise between singing and speech, which came to be called stile recitativo (‘dramatic style’), a term that reflected the previous experiments demonstrated by the Camerata members.

Recommended Recording:
Euridice, Ensemble Arpeggio (dir) Roberto de Caro (Arts Music)

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