This concert featured the music of Marianna Martínes (1744–1812). Martínes was the daughter of Spanish immigrants to Vienna at the height of Viennese classicism. Recognized for her talents by the court poet Metastasio, a neighbor, Martínes was enrolled in music lessons with Haydn. Once she mastered the harpsichord she was a favorite four-hand keyboard partner of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Who was Marianna Martínes? A rare concert and lecture will began to answer this question and brought necessary attention to another overlooked female composer from the Hispanic diaspora.
This concert took place on Thursday, December 21, at 7, and a lecture was given by Elizabeth Weinfield at 6:30. Our audience learned about Leonora Duarte, converso identity in the Iberian diaspora, and the remarkable circumstances that allowed for the creation and survival of Duarte's music. And what a treat it was to perform in the gorgeous library at the Academy!