- Rosario Marciano
(b Vienna, March 1, 1896; d Vienna, Feb 26, 1978). Austrian pianist and composer. Her ancestors, Catholic members of the Bach dynasty, came to Austria during Luther’s time. Brought up in an artistic milieu, she studied the violin (with Arnold Rosé) and the piano from an early age, presenting her first successful piano recital when she was ten. Although she decided to become a concert pianist, her Flohtanz for piano (1917) was so successful that she took up composition seriously, studying with Joseph Marx. In 1962 she received the first prize in the Buenos Aires International Composers’ Competition. In her later years she took up painting and writing poetry, composing music for her own poems. Her large output, in the late Romantic tradition, includes much vocal music with orchestra and smaller forces. A full account of her life and works is given in G.M. Eiselmair: Die männliche Gilde sehe sich vor! Die österreichische Komponistin Maria Bach...