Personalities | Giovanni Bononcini | Late Baroque | Classical

(Jo-van’-e Bo-non-che’ne) 1670–1747
Italian composer

Bononcini came from a musical family in Modena; his father Giovanni Maria was the maestro di cappella of Modena Cathedral and his younger brother, Antonio Maria, was a talented cellist and composer. The younger Giovanni was also a cellist and studied music in Bologna. He worked in Milan, then Rome – where he wrote several operas – and Vienna, where he produced further operas as well as writing oratorios and cantatas. In 1719 he was invited to London to compose for the Royal Academy of Music, which had recently been set up under Handel’s direction. His Astarto was played during the 1720 season and for a time his operas offered serious rivalry to those of Handel. In 1727 he was exposed for passing off an opera by Antonio Lotti (c. 1667–1740) as his own. He left London shortly after, visiting Paris and Lisbon before going to Vienna, where he died in 1747.

Recommended Recording:
La nemica d’amore fatta amante, soloists, Ensemble 415 (dir) Chiara Banchini (Zig-Zag Territoires)

Introduction | Late Baroque | Classical
Personalities | Antonio Caldara | Late Baroque | Classical


An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...


Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.

Rock, A Life Story

Rock, A Life Story

The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.