Henri Desmarets (or Desmarest) (February 1661 in Paris – September 7, 1741 in Lunéville) was a French composer of the middle Baroque period. He was a child prodigy and sang as a boy soprano in the royal chapel. His opera "Endymion" was staged at Versailles in March, 1682. In 1683, King Louis XIV gave Desmarets a 900-livre pension.
Luca Antonio Predieri (b Bologna, 13 Sept 1688; d there, 3 Jan 1767). Italian composer. A violinist, he was maestro di cappella in several Bolognese churches including the cathedral (1728-31). After moving to Vienna he became vicemaestro of the court chapel in 1739 and succeeded Fux as its director in 1741.
Girolamo Fantini (1600 - 1675) was a giant among trumpet players in the seventeenth century. His baptism was recorded in Spoleto on February 11, 1600, but he is not heard from again until 1626, when he entered the service of Cardinal Scipio Borghese in Rome.
Luigi Rossi (ca. 1597 - 20 February 1653) was an Italian Baroque composer. Rossi was born in Torremaggiore, a small town near Foggia, in the ancient kingdom of Naples and at an early age he went to Naples. There he studied music with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Annunziata and maestro di cappella to the Spanish viceroy.
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (some authorities use the spelling Johann Kasper Ferdinand Fischer) (died 1746) was a German Baroque composer. Johann Nikolaus Forkel ranked Fischer as one of the best composers for keyboard of his day, however, partly due to the rarity of surviving copies of his music, his music is rarely heard today.
Les Arts Florissants is a Baroque ensemble of singers and musicians founded in 1979 by William Christie, conductor, and based in France. The group is noted for its productions of baroque operas, many of which are available on CD and DVD. Notable members include Danielle de Niese.