Giovanni Battista Fontana
born in 1550 in Brescia, Lombardia, Italy
died in 1630 in Padova, Veneto, Italy
Giovanni Battista Fontana (composer)
Giovanni Battista Fontana (ca. 1571 – ca. 1630) was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist.
He was born in Brescia, and worked there and in Rome and Padua. He died in Padua during a plague.
Nearly all information preserved about him comes from the preface of his posthumously published 18 (sometimes incorrectly stated 12) sonatas (Sonate a 1.2.3. per il violino, o cornetto, fagotto, chitarone, violoncino o simile altro istromento, Venice, 1641). They are among the earliest sonatas of this form, consisting of 6 sonatas for solo violin/cornetto with continuo and 12 sonatas for various instruments.
- Free scores by Giovanni Battista Fontana (composer) in the International Music Score Library Project
- Sheet music at freescores.com
- Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonatas for one, two, and three parts with basso continuo by Thomas D. Dunn at Google Book
- Two versions of Sonata XIII at youtube.com