Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

An Italian organist and composer, was an important link in the history of fugal form.  Although he wrote no works that were actually called fugues, his monothematic ricercars were among the most important forerunners of the fugue.  He was recognized as one of the greatest organists of his day, and was appointed organist at St. Peter's in Rome.  His compositions include toccatas, capriccios, ricercars, and canzonas, typical organ forms of the early Baroque.