Colonna, Giovanni Paolo

Colonna, Giovanni Paolo one of the greatest Italian musical composers, was born in 1640. He received, his education at Rome, where Carissimi, Benevoli, and others were his teachers. He then made Bologna his residence, where he soon became the head of the musical school, and died November 28, 1695. His compositions are for the most part of a religious character. The most important he issued in twelve collections, published at Bologna. The first appeared as Op. 1, under the title Salmi Brevi a 8 Voci (1681), and the last as Op. 12, under the title Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694). See Biog. Universelle, s.v. (B.P.)

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