Boetzelaer [née van Aerssen], Josina Anna Petronella van
- Helen Metzelaar
(b The Hague, Jan 3, 1733; d IJsselstein, Sept 3, 1797). Dutch composer. She is one of the few 18th-century Dutch composers, and one of only two Dutch women composers of the period whose music survives. She was born a baroness and served as a lady of the court, first to Princess Anna of Hanover, wife of Stadtholder Willem IV, and later to her daughter Princess Caroline. Both princesses were accomplished musicians and van Boetzelaer may have participated in music-making in court circles. She later studied music with F.P. Ricci, who was regularly engaged as a violinist by the House of Orange, and published ariettas, canzonettas and arias. Her two surviving collections of arias with orchestral accompaniment, opp.2 and 4, set texts by Metastasio in an expressive mid-18th-century opera seria style. They are well-balanced, light and elegant pieces in shortened da capo or bipartite form with effective pictorialism and coloratura. Ricci played some of her pieces on a visit to Metastasio, probably in ...