I didn’t think that I would have time for another blog post this week (college is stressful, y’all), but I came across this tid-bit while studying for a music appreciation test.
Maria Theresa von Paradis (1759-1824) was a blind musician who was renowned for her remarkable musical memory, which was able to retain about sixty different concertos that she prepared for an extended European tour. Mozart wrote one of his piano concertos for her, and Antonio Salieri wrote his only organ concerto in her honor. She obviously stands out as an extraordinary example of women in her day. Paintings and engravings of that time make it clear that women frequently participated in performances at home, in salons, and at the court.