(b Massa da Valdinievole, nr Lucca, 7 Dec. 1637; d Rome, 21 Nov. 1710). Italian composer, harpsichordist, and organist. Cesti is often cited as his teacher, but in his keyboard music the influence of Frescobaldi is obvious. In 1663 he was appointed organist at S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, and the following year at S. Maria in Aracoeli, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a celebrated keyboard player: his patrons included princes and cardinals, as well as Queen Christina of Sweden. He was a close associate of Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti, and all three were honoured in 1706 by admission to the elite Arcadian Society.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.