Maria Theresia von Paradis : Sicilienne (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Product Code : Paradis_01
Maria Theresia Paradis (also von Paradies) (May 15, 1759 â€“ February 1, 1824), was an Austrian musician and composer who lost her sight at an early age and for whom Mozart may have written his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major. Maria was the daughter of Joseph Anton Paradis, Imperial Secretary of Commerce and Court Councillor to the Empress Maria Theresa, for whom she was named. Between the ages of 2 and 5 she lost her eyesight. Paradis was treated from late 1776 until the middle of 1777 but this was unsuccessful after which it is thought that Mozart that may have written his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major for her. Despite here loss of sight, in 1783, she set out on an extended tour to Paris and London, accompanied by her mother and librettist Johann Riedinger who invented a composition board for her. They visited the Mozartâ€™s in Salzburg of that year, and she played in Frankfurt and other German cities, then Switzerland. Paradis finally reached Paris in March 1784. Her first concert there was given in April at the Concert Spirituel; the review in the Journal de Paris for it remarked: â€œone must have heard her to form an idea of the touch, the precision, the fluency and vividness of her playing." In all she made a total of 14 appearances in Paris, to excellent reviews and acclaim. She also assisted in helping Valentin HaÃ¼y establish the first school for the blind, which opened in 1785. She travelled to London in late 1784, and performed over the next few months at court, Carlton House (the home of the Prince of Wales), and in the Professional Concerts at Hanover Square, among other places. She played Handel fugues to George III and later accompanied the Prince of Wales, a cellist. However, her concerts lost ground, being less well received and attended in London than in Paris. She continued to tour in Western Europe (including Hamburg where she met Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach), and after passing through Berlin and Prague, ended up back in Vienna in 1786. Further plans were made to give concerts in the Italian states and Russia, but nothing came of these. She returned to Prague in 1797 for the production of her opera Rinaldo und Alcina. By the year 1789, Paradis was spending more time with composition than performance, as shown by the fact that from 1789 to 1797 she composed five operas and three cantatas. After the failure of the opera Rinaldo und Alcina from 1797, she shifted her energy over more and more to teaching. In 1808, she founded her own music school in Vienna, where she taught singing, piano and theory until her death in 1824. The Sicilienne in E flat was composed for violin and piano, and is a wonderfully calming composition that we think is also well suited for brass ensemble, and we are very pleased that we are now able to offer a brass ensemble arrangement of this. Technically we would describe this as fairly easy.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.