Giovanni Battista Fontana Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    c. 1580
  • Died
    c. 1630
  • Birthplace
    Brescia, Italy

Giovanni Battista Fontana was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque period. 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 among the Paduan death registers of 1625–30 for a person bearing that name.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Balletto e Pass'e Mezzo per Violino Dance Solo instrument and Continuo
18 Sonatas in 1, 2, 3 Parts Sonata Solo instrument and Continuo
Violin Sonata No.1 Sonata Solo instrument and Continuo
Violin Sonata No.3 Sonata Solo instrument and Continuo