Giovanni Battista Fontana

born in 1550 in Brescia, Lombardia, Italy

died in 1630 in Padova, Veneto, Italy

Giovanni Battista Fontana (composer)

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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.

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