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Lawrence E. Bennett

Member of Bononcini family

(b Montecorone, nr Modena, bap. Sept 23, 1642; d Nov 18, 1678). Composer and theorist. He probably left his provincial home while still a boy to study in Modena with Marco Uccellini, who in 1641 had initiated an important tradition of Modenese violinist-composers (antedating the more famous Bolognese school by about 15 years). As to his other training, Bononcini himself reported in his treatise Musico prattico that he studied counterpoint with Padre Agostino Bendinelli. However, he was never a pupil of Colonna in Bologna, nor did he serve in the orchestra at S Petronio or as maestro di cappella at S Giovanni in Monte, as has sometimes been stated; these posts were held by his eldest son, (2) Giovanni. The confusion seems to have originated with a letter of 1686 from Giovanni to Colonna, which appears in the first volume of La Mara's Musikerbriefe aus fünf Jahrhunderten...