Giovanni Maria Bononcini

(1642 - 1678)

Italian violinist, father of Giovanni and Antonio Maria. He studied counterpoint and composition with Agostino Bendinelli and possibly also with Marco Uccellini in Modena. From 1671 he was court musician for Duchess Laura d'Este and violinist at the Modena Cathedral. In 1673 he published in Bologna a widely used treatise, Musico prattico). He appears to have been a member (from 1672) of Bologna's Accademia filarmonica. He is best known for his chamber and church sonatas. He also composed cantatas, madrigals, arias, and a "dramma da camera," I primi voli dell'aquila austriaca(Modena, 1677; lost).

VE: The Sonata