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date: 20 August 2019

Auenbrugger [D’Auenbrugg], Marianna vonlocked

  • Sylvia Glickman

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(fl Vienna; d 1786). Austrian keyboard player and composer. The daughter of Leopold von Auenbrugger, a well-known Austrian physician who wrote the German libretto for Antonio Salieri’s comic opera Der Rauchfangkehrer, she studied composition with Salieri and published her only known work together with two of his odes. Marianna and her sister Katharina, both distinguished keyboard players, were known to Haydn and to the Mozart family. Haydn dedicated six of his piano sonatas to them (h XVI: 3–59 and 20). In a letter of 25 February 1780 to his publisher Artaria, Haydn wrote that, ‘the approval of the Demoiselles von Auenbrugger … is most important to me, for their way of playing and genuine insight into music equal those of the greatest masters. Both deserve to be known throughout Europe through the public newspapers’. Leopold Mozart, in a letter to his wife (12 August 1773), also refers to ‘the daughter of Dr Auenbrugger … who … play[s] extraordinarily well and [is] thoroughly musical’. Her ...

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