26 March 2005

  Szymanowska, Maria Agata (1789-1831)

Polish. Possibly the first pianist of note to come from this country. It was during her concert tour in 1810s when she first included some of her own works. These included songs and chamber pieces but mostly piano works. It is surprising that in a time when woman were not readily accepted as composers that her works were immediately popular and published with ease, an indication of the quality of her work. A versatile composer, she absorbed many dance pieces and other styles into her vocabulary.

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