Count Giovanni de’Bardi was a seriously important man in Florentine society of the Renaissance. He studied Latin and Greek, took lessons in music composition, and as a soldier fought a number of successful wars. Yet he is primarily known for being host, patron, and inspiration to a group of composer, music theorist and scholars who made up the Florentine Camerata.
And when Peri was known to be working on his second opera Euridice, Caccini got his revenge. Written to serve as entertainment at the wedding of Henry IV of France and Marie de’ Medici, it was to be Peri’s biggest achievement. So Caccini went to work on his own opera titled Euridice! He took the exact subject matter of his operatic rival and appended the very same title. Composing furiously, Caccini rushed to have the work published before Peri. In fact, it made it into print before Peri would even perform his own work at the Royal festivities. Eventually, Peri would issue his Euridice, with a seriously vocal Caccini banning his students and followers from attending Peri’s inferior work!
Giulio Caccini: L’Euridice (Excerpts)