Maria Margherita Grimani

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The full extent of Grimani's life is not known. She may have been in service to the Viennese court between 1713 and 1718. Three of her compositions were definitely performed there during this time period.…
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The full extent of Grimani's life is not known. She may have been in service to the Viennese court between 1713 and 1718. Three of her compositions were definitely performed there during this time period. The three works were the opera "Pallade e Marte" (the first opera composed by a woman to be performed at the court in Vienna), and two oratorios, "La visitazione di Elisabetta," and "La decollazione di S Giovanni Battista." The extension of women to compose oratorios in the Viennese court included Maria di Reschenau, Catherina Benedicta Grazianini, Camilla de Rossi and the last, Maria Margherita Grimani. Her opera was composed in honor of the Emperor Charles VI and all of her works follow the pattern of Scarlatti. No counterpoint appears in her compositions but they are examples of emotional music filled with pathos.