Gemignano Capilupi (1573 - 1616)
He was born Lovetti but changed his name to Capilupi. In the composer’s choice there is a inner joke, since «Lovetti» in Italian means «little wolves», while «Capilupi» means «leading wolves».
Capilupi was a pupil of Orazio Vecchi and sang at Modena Cathedral from 1593 to 1602. He became consumed with rivalry and, having engineered Vecchi’s dismissal from the post of maestro di cappella there, succeeded him in October 1604. When Vecchi died the following year Capilupi also succeeded him as musical director to the Duke of Modena. He resigned his cathedral post on 15 October 1614.
Besides madrigals and canzonets, his output includes large-scale motets which stand on the borderline between the old and new styles of the day. For instance, those published in 1603 have no figured bass and still have imitative entries and fragments of plainsong in double-choir pieces, but there are also structural repetitions and exciting antiphonal writing very much in the style of Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sacrae symphoniae of 1597. The collection of 1603 is unusual in ascribing many of the motets either to specific feasts or to specific points in the Mass.