Born in Brescia around 1571, Giovanni Battista Fontana lived in Venice, Rome and Padua, where he died during the plague
of 1630. His music surprises us by the mastery of counterpoint, the simplicity and the expression of slow movements, the
complexity of ornamentation or vivid passages elegant dances. Nicknamed "Dal Violino" and described as one of the most
fantastic violinists of his time Fontana has left us in this
book an exceptional testimony of the Baroque Instrumental to its origins.