Giacomo Carissimi (1605 - 1674)
Giacomo Carissimi (baptized April 18, 1605 ? January 12, 1674), was an Italian composer, one of the most celebrated masters of the early Baroque, or, more accurately, the Roman School of music.
His exact birthdate is not known, but it was probably in 1604 or 1605 in Marino, near Rome.
Of his early life almost nothing is known. His father was a barrel maker, and at the age of twenty Giacomo became chapel-master at Assisi. In 1628 he obtained the same position at the church of St Apollinaris belonging to the Collegium Germanicum in Rome, which he held until his death. This was despite him re ... (Read all)