Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 10 April 2021

Agnesi, Maria Teresalocked

  • Sven Hansell
  •  and Robert L. Kendrick

Extract

(b Milan, Oct 17, 1720; d Milan, Jan 19, 1795). Italian composer. As a girl she performed in her home while her elder sister Maria Gaetana (1718–99; she became a distinguished mathematician) lectured and debated in Latin. Charles de Brosses, who heard them on July 16, 1739 and was highly impressed, reported that Maria Teresa performed harpsichord pieces by Rameau and sang and played compositions of her own invention. Her first cantata, Il restauro d’Arcadia, was written in honour of the Austrian governor Gian-Luca Pallavicini in Milan in 1747. About 1750 she was in correspondence with the acoustician and music theorist Giordano Riccati, who cited passages from her works in a 1762 treatise. At about this time, she sent her tragic opera seria La Sofonisba to Vienna for possible performance on the nameday of Empress Maria Theresa, who reportedly sang other arias that Agnesi had sent her. After marrying Pier Antonio Pinottini on ...

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Please subscribe to access the full content.

Muzïkal 'nïy sovremennik
Milan, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense
J.H. Sainsbury: A Dictionary of Musicians
C. Schmidl: Dizionario universale dei musicisti
B.S. Brook, ed.: The Breitkopf Thematic Catalogue, 1762-1787 (New York, 1966)
F.-J. Fétis: Biographie universelle des musiciens
Leipzig, Leipziger Städtische Bibliotheken, Musikbibliothek
Moscow, Rossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Biblioteka
A.-E. Choron and F.J.M. Fayolle: Dictionnaire historique des musiciens
Budapest, Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Isola Bella, Borromeo private collection
Novo Mesto, Frančiškanski Samostan, Knjižnica
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division
Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
E.L. Gerber: Historisch-biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler
Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek
Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
Naples, Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Biblioteca
Brescia, Seminario Vescovile Diocasano, Archivio Musicale