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Giovanni Battista Fontana

vn, 1580-1630 IT, Brescia
Musician / Composer of Classical

Giovanni Battista Fontana (ca.1580/89 - ca.1630) was an Italian [Baroque] composer and violinist.He was born in Brescia, and worked there and in Rome and Padova. He died in Padova 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 one to three violins and continuo, the latter group often including a demanding concertante part for bassoon or cello. An "atto di morte" dated 7 September 1630 for a “Zan Batta Fontana” aged 50, is the only one a

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18 Sonatas in 1, 2, 3 Parts: Sonata No. 2 in D Major on Perla Barocca: Early Italian Masterpieces by Rachel Podger, Marcin Świątkiewicz & Daniele Caminiti
Fontana : Sonata XV on Viaggio Musicale / Italian Music of the Seventeenth Century by Il Giardino Armonico
18 Sonatas in 1, 2, 3 Parts: No. 16, Sonata in C major on Nuit à Venise by Ensemble les Surprises & Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas
18 Sonatas in 1, 2, 3 Parts: No. 2 in D Major on Venezia 1631: La Festa della Salute by Ecco la musica
Sonata seconda on Cornet Music - Merula, T. / Rore, C. / Gabrieli, A. / Frescobaldi, G.A. / Palestrina, G.P. / Crecquillon, T. by Bruce Dickey
Sonata seconda for Recorder in C, Gamba & Luth on Baroque Music for Recorder by Conrad Steinmann, Jordi Savall & Monica Huggett
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major on Venezia 1625 by Maurice Steger
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major on Venezia 1625 by Maurice Steger
18 Sonatas in 1, 2, 3 Parts: Sonata seconda on La Voce nel Violino by Enrico Onofri & Imaginarium
Sonate Per 1, 2, 3, per il violino, o cornetto, fagotto, chitarone, violoncino o simile altro strumento: Sonata quarta a violono solo on La peste by Les Barocudas

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Sonate Concertate In Stil ModernoDario Castello / Giovanni Battista Fontana - John Holloway, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Jane Gower2012Album
SonatesGiovanni Battista Fontana, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Francesco Turini - Sonnerie1996Album
12 Sonte A 1, 2, 3 Per Il Violino O Cornetto, Fagotto, Chitarrone, Violoncino O Simile Alto IstromentoGiovanni Battista Fontana / Clemencic Consort1988Album
Hotteterre Quartet, Vol. 2 (Works By Fontana, Locke, Vitali & Marais)Giovanni Battista Fontana, Matthew Locke, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Marin Marais - Quadro Hotteterre - Kees Boeke & Walter Van Hauwe, Bob van Asperen, Wouter Möller1977Album
Music From Lacock And AddingtonGiovanni Battista Fontana, Henry Purcell, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Marin Marais, Georg Friedrich Händel, Kenneth Victor Jones Played By Duo Antiqua1977Album
Sonata Prima / Sonata C Minor / Sonate E Minor / Comagain / Fantasia En Echo / Amarilli, Mia Bella / FragmenteClas Pehrsson, Bengt Ericson, Anders Öhrwall - Giovanni Battista Fontana / Francesco Barsanti / Georg Philipp Telemann / Jacob Jan Van Eyck / Hans-Martin Linde / Makoto Shinohara1976Album
The Age Of SplendourGirolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Gerard SchwarzAlbum
A Baroque Trumpet RecitalMaurizio Cazzati, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Biagio Marini, Georg Philipp Telemann, Gerard SchwarzAlbum
Italienische Solomusik um 1630Dario Castello / Giovanni Battista Fontana / Claudio Merulo / Alessandro Piccinini / Girolamo Frescobaldi, Fiori MusicaliAlbum
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