Grimani, Maria Margherita
- Rudolf Klein
(fl early 18th century). ?Italian composer, active in Austria. Between 1713 and 1718 she may have lived, at least intermittently, at the court in Vienna. According to Köchel, three of her works (now in A-Wn) were performed in the Vienna court theatre. The first of these, Pallade e Marte, a componimento dramatico dedicated from Bologna on 5 April 1713, was performed on 4 November 1713 for Charles VI’s nameday; this was the first operatic work by a woman composer to be given there. Her two oratorios were also performed at the imperial court: La visitazione di Elisabetta immediately after Pallade e Marte in 1713, repeated in 1718, and La decollazione di S Giovanni Battista in 1715. The librettists are unknown (Köchel’s statement that the text of La decollazione was written by Domenico Fillipeschi rests on a confusion with A.M. Bononcini’s oratorio of the same name, of 1709...