Maria Theresia von Paradis: Sicilienne

This is day 16 of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. During this month, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).  Today’s composer is Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824).

Maria Theresia von Paradis was a Austrian composer and performer who lost her sight when she was around 2 0r 3.  She was the daughter of the Secretary of Commerce under the Empress Theresa for whom her father named her.  Her father had her musically educated by famous composers of the day, most notably, Salieri.  She was treated for blindness by Franz Anton Mesmer (from where we get the term mesmerism) but the cure did not last.  Reportedly she had a superb memory and a subtlety of technique and interpretation that contributed to her fame.  She toured in France and England.  In France, she helped Valentin Haüy establish a school for the blind, where Louis Braille studied before inventing his alphabet.

Though in later years, she devoted herself almost exclusively to composing, Youtube only had this violin piece, entitled “Sicilien.”  Wikipedia says it’s been misattributed to Paradis and it was a crib of something Carl Maria Von Weber wrote, but, it’s a nice piece and I hope you enjoy it.

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About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

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