They do not know very much about his early life besides the fact that he was born in Italy. His father, Michelangelo Caccini, was a carpenter. He had a older brother, Giovanni Caccini, and he was a sculptor. He studied multiple different instruments such as the harp, lute, and voila. He soon began gaining a singing reputation and in the early 1560’s the Duke of Florence, Francesco de’ Medici, was so highly impressed with him that he took him from Rome to Florence so he could continue his study in music. Soon after he started singing at the Medici Court. Giulio sang tenor and a viol or archlute played by himself was often accompanying him when he performed. He played at different events like weddings, affairs of state, and took part in sumptuous intermedi of the time. His music was seen as one of the precursors to opera. He was also part of the movement of humanists, writings, musicians, and scholars of the ancient world who formed the Florentine Camerata whose goal was to recover the lost glory of ancient Greek dramatic music. Besides that, music was he main job. He gained most of his fame by writing solos. His first opera was written in 1600. It was called Euridice. He wrote a second the same year and that one was II rapimento di Cefalo. He had help from other musicians for both of those pieces. His third piece was done fully by himself and shared the same name as the first, Euridice. In 1589, he wrote the music for an intermedio and named it lo che dal ciel cader farei la luna. Two collections were published of his. They included both songs and madrigals. The title of the first was Le nuove which got published in 1601. The second title was also Le nuove but was published in 1614. Multiple voice music does not exist, but records show he helped with polychoral music five years before his death. The first piece I choose is Ave Maria. I choose this piece because it is one of his more popular songs. It was originally written in latin but has been translated to many different languages. It is a Catholic prayer. They sing this piece on the fourth Sunday of advent, which is the Sunday before the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also sung during the Feast of the Annunciation,Feast of the Immaculate Conception, weddings, funerals, and masses that are celebrated at different times of the year. This piece is pretty slow through the whole thing. The thing that stands out to me the most is that it is supposedly one of the first opera pieces ever written in this way. This song pushed composers to make musical pieces from prayer to use during worships. This piece can be played in different congregational hymns, solos and many choral arrangements. It was originally written by Giulio Caccini but one of the most popular composers to direct it today is a composer Franz Schubert of Austria. This piece has multiple different instrumental accompaniments. Giulio Caccini played the lute, harp, and viola and often he played those as he sang. Piano is another common instrument that is played along with this song. One of the recordings that I listened to had all of these playing in them. The one that I am sending you in this paper only has a piano being played throughout the time of the song. All of the recordings that I listened to were very slow and boring. It sounded kinda sad in my opinion and not a song that I particularly liked at all. This recording is SATB. The next song that I am choosing to write on is amor ch’attendi. I choose this piece because it is one of his more popular songs. The words of this song stand out to me because it is written in latin and I do not understand what they are singing but it sounds pretty cool to me. This piece makes me think about what it would be like to be able to speak a language where no one knew what I was talking about. It would not even have to be in latin. It would just be cool to be able to actually say what I’m thinking. Like when I really hate a class or a teacher or something like that. I feel like a lot of students would like to be able to do that. This piece was originally written for soprano but I saw a SAB version on sheet music. Giulio Caccini played the lute, harp, and viola and often he played those as he sang. Piano is another common instrument that is played along with this song. One of the recordings that I listened to had all of these playing in them. This one was a little faster paced than the one that I did before and still sounded really sad and boring like most of this kind of music in my opinion. I was not able to find any kind of back story for this piece but I saw the title of the song translated to “Love, what are you waiting for?”. I feel like he wrote this because he was probably sad and alone just like a lot of men that go into a music career. That is just a guess because I do not speak or read latin and do not know what he was thinking as he was writing this music.