Giulio Caccini (c. 1550-1618)

An Italian singer and composer associated with the Florentine Camerata.  His performance of the new type of monodic composition, "musica in stile rappresentativo," was looked upon as the ideal of this style.  His most important work was the collection of madrigals and arias published under the title "Le Nuove musiche."  Its preface contains one of the clearest and most detailed descriptions of the manner of performance of the new monodic style.