Thursday, December 8, 2016

Carpe Diem #1090 Harpsichord Concerto 1st Movement by Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to bring another nice piece of music to you. I hope this post will inspire you and maybe it will be the start of a new tradition, a new feature. Today I have a nice composition by Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini for you, again a female composer.

Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini (1720-1795)

Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini:

Maria Teresa was born in Milan to Pietro Agnesi, an overbearing man in the lesser nobility. He provided early education for both Maria Teresa and her more famous older sister, Maria Gaetana, a mathematics and language prodigy who lectured and debated all over Europe while her sister performed. Maria Teresa was married to Pier Antonio Pinottini on June 13, 1752, and they settled in a district populated by intellects and artists, but eventually suffered severe financial ruin. Pinottini died not too long afterwards. Maria Teresa died in Milan in 1795. Not much is known about Maria Teresa. Nothing is known of her education or teachers, and the dates of her compositions are largely unknown. Many of her compositions have been lost, although there are records of their existence. Her career was made possible by the Austrian Lombardy, which proved progressive and enlightened in women’s rights. The movement was more prevalent in Vienna and Dresden rather than her hometown of Milan, and Maria Teresa found more success and more appreciative audiences in these cities than in her birthplace. Maria Teresa had several famous performances, perhaps the most famous on July 16, 1739, when famous French traveler Charles de Brosses was very impressed by her music. He was not the only one; the Count Gerolamo Riccati wrote several letters praising her compositions and musical talent. Another very famous performance was her theatrical debut, the Cantata Pastorale Il Ristoro d'Arcadia, in Milan at the Teatro Regio Ducal in 1747 where she dedicated her piece to various rulers of the surrounding areas of Saxony and Austria. Agnesi would enjoy the patronage of Maria Theresia, holy Roman Empress and sovereign of Lombardy, and Maria Antonia Walpurgis, a gifted composer and contemporary.

A great composer I would say, it's a shame that I just recently found her compositions she deserved my attention earlier, but well ... I am not into playing classical music myself anymore, I only listen to it, maybe that's why I didn't know her music. Her music is not often played in our times and a great part of her oeuvre is gone.

through the open fields
ah ... autumn

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope I have inspired you with this beautiful composition. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Sonata in E, Op. 1/3 by Cecilia Maria Barthélemon, later on.

1 comment:

  1. Good haiku..fits easily and lightly. So interesting all these composers, and the music really seems to fit haiku and tanka. I thought the very best pieces were Chopin's and Debussy's. Beautiful.