Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)

Bononcini was successful in securing positions in many of the centres of musical patronage in continental Europe. After studying in Bologna, he began to establish a reputation both as a player and composer. He travelled successively to Rome, Vienna (twice), Berlin and Venice, so that by 1706 he could be considered “famous throughout Europe”. Apart from operas and serenatas, many of his secular compositions in this period were chamber cantatas, of which he wrote around 250. A few of these were published, but most survive in manuscript collections.

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