Giulio Caccini and musical mannerism

Regards Florentine monody as belonging to the last phase of musical mannerism in Florence. Challenges the designation of Caccini as one of the innovators of the Baroque period. Cites the traditional Medecean intermedi of the 16th c. and contemporary theoretical writings as well as the stylistic characteristics of Caccini’s monody (using examples from his Nuove