The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
The Italian composer, violinist and proponent of modal theory Giovanni Maria Bononcini was born on 23 September 1642 at Modena, where, from 1671, he was a court musician. In 1673 he published an influential treatise on music called Musico Prattico. He died in Modena on 18 November 1678. His two sons, Giovanni Battista Bononcini and Antonio Maria Bononcini, were also composers.