Life[ edit ] Little is known about his early life, but he was born in Italy, the son of the carpenter Michelangelo Caccini; he was the older brother of the Florentine sculptor Giovanni Caccini. In Rome he studied the lute , the viol and the harp , and began to acquire a reputation as a singer. By , Caccini was singing at the Medici court. He was a tenor , and he was able to accompany himself on the viol or the archlute ; he sang at various entertainments, including weddings and affairs of state, and took part in the sumptuous intermedi of the time, the elaborate musical, dramatic, visual spectacles which were one of the precursors of opera.
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In many ways it is a breed apart from the others. That you are my love? Is my beloved. Here are a few of the best performances on YouTube.
Our first example is a video performance of an excellent soprano accompanied by a lute player. The real star of this show is the lutenist, who plays with gorgeous tone and real passion. Our second example is baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, also performing with lute accompaniment.
This superb opera singer also possesses a remarkable sotto voce vocal style, which he employs to great effect in this riveting performance. Her singing is hushed and superb as is the orchestral performance. Due to the quarantine requirements of the COVID period, we are providing services for learning online. We also present the full performance for contrast to aid you in your study. Then things get interesting. We then split-up the accompaniment recordings into subsections.
This way you can stop and start at logical places within each piece to really dig down in your learning. This will keep your learning the most immediate and effective. Good luck and have fun!
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