Giovanni Battista Fontana was the first organist and choirmaster of the Church of Our Lady of Pompei, New York City. The collection contains musical compositions, the opera “Sayda,” the incomplete score of “Il Cieco di Guerra,” church music, organ music, and chamber music.
The collection contains songs, sketches, song sheets, photographs, correspondence, samples of stationery, paper reproductions of signed portraits intended for distribution to fans, song sheets, photocopies of Italian song lyrics interspersed with diary-like entries, and clippings from La Follia di New York and other periodicals published in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Italy.
The Lorenzo Viola Papers documents the career of Italian immigrant and Long Island music teacher Lorenzo (“Renzo”) Viola, from his birth in 1889 in Bagheria, Sicily, to his death in 1976. The bulk of the materials concern his work as a composer and music teacher, including musical compositions, concert programs. The collection also contains vital information about Viola and his immediate family members.