Italian early Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi (1604/5-1674) was an ordained priest. He was choirmaster at Assisi and later was appointed to a like position at the church of St. Apollinaris in Rome. He spent much of his life as director of music at the Jesuit's German College in Rome. He advanced the development of the oratorio before the form reached its peak under Händel and Bach. Carissimi's output was almost exclusively religious. He also trained a number of other composers, among them Charpentier.
Entry from the Catholic Encyclopedia detailing his work in and composition for the Roman Catholic Church.
CD review including details of his life and compositional career from the Classical Reviews of August 2001 on MusicWeb.
Biography and audio files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
Biography, links to related composers and topics, and mention of the lack of autograph manuscripts. From the Here of a Sunday Morning radio program.
Brief biographical sketch, caricature, comments on church music, and Naxos discography.
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