Boccherini, Luigi b. February 19, 1743 d. May 28, 1805 Composer, Cellist. A very popular musician of his era, he was influential in bringing the cello to prominence as both a solo and chamber instrument. The "Minuet" from his String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 (1775), is one of the most familiar melodies in all Classical music. Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini was born in Lucca, Italy, the son of a doublebass player. He perfected his virtuoso skills as a cellist at St. Peter's in Rome and then went on extensive concert tours of Europe, accompanied by...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Francesco, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Chiarlo, Cardinal. Carlo b. November 4, 1881 d. January 21, 1964 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Pontremoli born Carlo Chiarlo entered seminary in Lucca, later pursuing his studies at the Pontifical Angelicum Athenaeum in Rome. Ordained priest in May 1904, he was appointed to the teaching staff of the named seminary of Lucca, in which diocese he rendered pastoral ministry until 1917, when he was named secretary and later, chargé d'affaires of the apostolic nunciature in Perú. Auditor of the apostolic nunciature in Poland between 1922 and 1928, he was named privy...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cimitero Urbano di Lucca, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Galgani, Saint. Gemma b. March 12, 1878 d. April 11, 1903 Roman Catholic Mystic and Saint. Lucca born Gemma Galgani was a quiet and reserved child who had a ready smile for everyone. Attending a school run by the Sisters of St. Zita, chronic ill health forced to quit before completing the course of her studies. Favored with many mystical experiences throughout her life, she was often misunderstood by others and frequently ridiculed. Holding an immense love for the poor whom she helped them in any way she could, after her father's death, the nineteen...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Monastero delle Passioniste, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy Plot: Beneath The Main Altar.
Geminiani, Francesco b. December 5, 1687 d. September 17, 1762 Violinist, Composer, Theorist. One of the formeost violinists of his era, he broadened the expressive range of his instrument and established techniques that are still used today. He is probably best remembered for "The Art of Playing on the Violin" (1751), the first guidebook intended for professional musicians; in addition he wrote five influential treatises on harmony and guitar playing. His books are crucial to modern understanding of Baroque musical practice. Geminiani was born in Lucca...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Chiesa di San Francesco, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Richard the Pilgrim d. February 7, 722 Roman Catholic Saint. A native of Wessex in England where he fathered at least three children, all of whom were canonized in their own right; Ss. Walpurga, Winebald, and Willibald. He and his sons embarked on pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land about 721. They sailed for the western coast of France where they had a long stay at Rouen, and he then made his devotions in most of the shrines on their route through France. In Lucca, Italy he fell ill, died suddenly, and was buried at the church of...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) San Frediano, Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy