Gioconda Trimarchi Curci

      Her father, after many years of transfers and separations, always caused by professional reasons, decided to move definitively to Naples with his wife and his two only daughters, Erminia and Gioconda.  The first, graduated in violin, married the clarinettist and music teacher Arcangelo Picone.

     Antonietta Gioconda Trimarchi was born at Giarre (province of Catania, region Sicily, Italy) on August 10th, 1890.  Her parents were Francesca Gandolfo and the musician Rocco Trimarchi from Sinopoli (province of Reggio Calabria, region Calabria, Italy).

Gioconda Trimarchi Curci

una delle numerose attivitą di beneficenza di Gioconda Trimarchi

    Gioconda, already attracted by every artistic expression, started very soon to introduce herself into cultural environments and to take actively part to numerous events, often for charitable purposes. 

     An event which was destined to mean a turning point in her personal life, was a performance with a theatrical amateur company, which included also the successful violinist Alberto Curci. He absented himself because of a temporary indisposition and sent his brother, the esteemed doctor Arturo Curci (1892-1973), to act in his place: of course, he didn't know well the script and made a serious mistake when he entered the stage. 

     The result of his fault was at first a vehement scolding from Gioconda, who met him for the first time, and then a happy marriage, gladdened by the birth of Glauco, doctor and researcher, whose name is indissolubly connected to the antibiotic Rifadin.

     During the years, Gioconda's cultural activity increased more and more.
     Endowed with an unrestrainable and expressive personality, enthralling for her gift of communicating enthusiasms, she distinguished herself by her constant presence and collaboration in numerous artistic events, besides being a highly regarded novel writer.

     Moreover, her sought-after literary salon, became a usual destination not only for renowned and already established personalities, but also for budding artists, that she received with special joy and encouragement.

     Gioconda was an energetic writer of uncommon talent and won the literary prizes "Matese", "Caserta" and the famous "Vallombrosa". Her volume of novels, called "Nel grembo di pietra" (In the lap of stone), was printed in 1960 by the Morano Publisher House of Naples. 

     Deeply religious, and especially close to the Franciscan Order (the Reverend Father Emanuele Lombardi, OFM, was one of her best friends and her counsellor), Gioconda was a generous and sensible benefactress, besides being humble, because she tried to hide, when it was possible, the multiform help that she continuously offered to the needy.

Gioconda ed Erminia Trimarchi


...the passage of the Law for the granting of a special  pension to the family of the martyr
Salvo D'Acquisto

...the real story  
of a noble enthusiasm, 
through documents  
and testimonies   

Arturo Curci e Gioconda Trimarchi

     Her passionate involvement, together with her son Glauco, in the vicissitude of the parents of the martyr Salvo D'Acquisto, stayed in the background because both  benefactors had willed it so. Many years after their death, one of the protagonists of that event, the Honourable Ferdinando D'Ambrosio, Member of the Italian Parliament, decided to publish the real story on a review.
     On September 29th, 1960, Gioconda died unexpectedly  and a solemn ceremony, dedicated to her memory, took place on December 3rd at the Circolo Artistico Politecnico of Naples: Armando Caruso and Mario Donadoni recalled with emotion the noble and dear figure of "lady Gioconda with the white plaits".



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