Albinoni, Tomaso b. June 14, 1671 d. January 17, 1751 Composer. The son of a wealthy Venice merchant, he had the means to devote himself exclusively to music. He considered himself an amateur, although fully trained in his art, and was said to have composed 81 operas, 99 sonatas, 9 sinfonias, and numerous vocal works. He was the first Italian composer to write concertos for the oboe (eight in all). After his death most of his unpublished papers were acquired by the State Library of Dresden, Germany, which was destroyed by Allied bombing during...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice, Provincia di Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Cavalli, Pietro Francesco b. February 14, 1602 d. January 14, 1676 Composer. He gave the word "opera" its present meaning. Beginning with its creator, Jacopo Peri, Italian music theatre had been referred to as "dramma per musica". Cavalli broke with this tradition by calling his first theatrical work, "Le Nozze di Teti" (1639), an "opera-scenica" ("scenic work"). Eventually shortened to "opera", this phrase became the name of the genre. Cavalli is also credited with introducing the "bel canto" style of singing, which emphasized long, smoothly-flowing...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice, Provincia di Venezia, Veneto, Italy
CÚ, Cardinal. Marco b. July 8, 1925 d. May 12, 2014 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Izano, Marco CÚ came from a modest family of farmers. Entering the seminary of Crema, he was sent to Rome in order to pursue his studies, first at the Seminario Lombardo and successively at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Ordained priest there in March 1948, he returned to Crema, where he was soon assigned as vice-rector of the diocesan seminary and professor of Sacred Scriptures. Appointed rector of the same seminary in 1957, he continued with his...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice, Provincia di Venezia, Veneto, Italy Plot: Basilica's Crypt.
La Fontaine, Cardinal. Pietro b. November 29, 1860 d. July 9, 1935 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The son of a watchmaker, Pietro La Fontaine received his first education at home through private intuition, entering later the local seminary of Viterbo. Ordained priest there by the local bishop in December 1883, he lectured literature, Sacred Scripture, law and ecclesiastical history at the named seminary of which he became spiritual director and later rector in 1896. Named chaplain and tutor of Gradi's prison by the Ministry of the Interior in 1906, in December that...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco, Venice, Provincia di Venezia, Veneto, Italy Plot: Basilica's Crypt.