Hispanic Society of America presents SONNAMBULA
Marianna Martines was a composer of Spanish lineage living and working in Vienna at the height of the Classical era. She lived with her family on Vienna’s Michaelerplatz, in a stately building whose other inhabitants included Esterházy court poet Metastasio and composer Nicola Porpora, the latter of whom taught Marianna to compose and play the harpsichord. Marianna’s lessons with Porpora were accompanied by yet another neighbor: a young Haydn, then a struggling musician who lived upstairs in the attic rooms. Mozart was a frequent guest to her salons, and composed four-hand piano sonatas to perform with her.
Join us to celebrate this 18th-century urban tale with a rare concert featuring her music and a lecture devoted to her life and times.
Lecture at 6:30 PM
Concert at 7 PM
Free Reception to Follow
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain and New York State Council on the Arts.