Madame Ravissa

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Madame Ravissa de Turin (b. late 18th century; died February 20, 1807) was an Italian singer and composer. She was from Turin, but apparently lived in Paris from 1778 until 1783.[1] She published six sonatas for harpsichord in Paris in 1778, on which she was described as Maîtresse de Clavecin et de Chant italien. A copy of the sonatas survived in the collection of Kaiser Franz II of Austria. In 1933 the manuscript was discovered in storage at Steiermärkischer Musikverein by musicologist Ernst Fritz Schmid, and is now housed at Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.[2] In 1778 her work was described in the Parisian Almanach Musical as "bold modulations that the Italians love and our timorous composers do not dare to allow themselves."[3]

Works[edit]

  • Six Sonatas pour le Clavecin op. 1, Sonaten I-III by Madame Ravissa De Turin. Edited by Claudia Schweitzer. For harpsichord or period instrument and modern pianos. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Published by Furore Verlag. ISBN M-50012-934-9.
  • Six Sonatas pour le Clavecin op. 1, Sonaten IV-VI by Madame Ravissa De Turin. Edited by Claudia Schweitzer. For harpsichord or period instrument and modern pianos. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Published by Furore Verlag. ISBN M-50012-960-8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Schweitzer, Claudia; Hartge, Kerstin (August 2004). "Madame Ravissa de Turin: a forgotten woman composer of the 18th century". Early Music - Volume 32, Number 3. pp. 428–439. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Six Sonatas pour le Clavecin op. 1 Sonaten I-III". Retrieved 27 October 2010.