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Amalie, Princess of Saxony [Marie Auguste Friederike Amalie]locked

  • Eva Rieger

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(b Dresden, Aug 10, 1794; d Dresden, Sept 18, 1870). German writer and composer. The sister of King Johann of Saxony, she was taught the piano by Joseph Schuster, singing by Vincenzo Rastrelli and Johann Miksch, and music theory by F.A. Schubert and Weber. Weber found her ‘highly talented’. She spent her whole life in Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden. Princess Amalie was stimulated by the cultivation of Italian opera in Dresden and composed a number of operas (under the name Amalie Serena), which were performed during family celebrations and within the court circle; some were performed in the Pillnitz theatre. Her operas are modelled on ...

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