(b Mantua, c.1600; dc.1640). Italian composer and violinist. He worked for most of his life in Dresden (where he was a colleague of Schütz), and wrote a great deal of violin music, some of it using the then novel effects of double stopping, glissando, tremolo, col legno, and sul ponticello. As well as dance movements and canzonas, Farina wrote ten sonatas for one or two violins and continuo, and he was influential in the spread of the genre in Germany and Austria.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.