Giovanni Maria Casini

Born: 16th December 1652

Died: 25th February 1719

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Giovanni Maria Casini was an Italian composer. Serving in Florence in posts including cathedral organist and (in 1703-11) maestro di cappella, he wrote oratorios and church and organ music in a contrapuntal, often chromatic idiom. He was reputedly the greatest Italian organist of his time, and also played a five-manual harpsichord invented by Francesco Nigeti.

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