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Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831)
two hundred and fifty years
of music by women
Symanowska was a Polish pianist and composer. She travelled widely after
leaving a husband reluctant to allow her to pursue music professionally.
In 1822 she was appointed court pianist to the Tsar of Russia in St
Petersburg. She later toured extensively in Europe, commanding high
ticket prices and playing to large audiences. Her sostenuto cantabile
style of playing was considered an innovation on the fortepiano and her
musical understanding was much applauded. She composed more than a
hundred pieces, many of them short virtuoso works. Most were published
in Leipzig by Breitkopf & Hartel. Hummel and Field dedicated piano
pieces to her. Goethe is said to have fallen madly in love with her.
Critics described her as a musician who defined Romanticism in her
compositions and her playing.
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Andante. C major. Cello & piano, 5 mins
In lilting 6/8, this charming Serenade starts unassumingly and develops into
grand gestures, with the piano sweeping round the keyboard, and the
cello including a brief cadenza near the end.
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