Maria Theresia von Paradis

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also, von Paradies

Maria Theresia von Paradis was an Austrian music performer and a composer; she lost her sight at an early age and it is presumed that Mozart may have written his Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat major in her honor.

She lost her eyesight presumably between the ages of 2 and 5, and was treated from 1776 until mid 1777 by Franz Anton Mesmer, however the treatment didn't last as she was removed from his care - possibly from fear of losing her disability pension. 

List of works by Maria Theresia von Paradis:

Stage works
Ariadne und Bacchus, melodrama, 20 June 1791 (lost)
Der Schulkandidat, 5 Dec. 1792, pt of Act 2 and all of Act 3 (lost)

Rinaldo und Alcina, Zauberoper, 30 June, 1797 (lost)
Große militärische Oper 1805 (lost)
Zwei ländliche Opern (lost)

Trauerkantate auf den Tod Leopolds II, 1792 (lost)
Deutsches Monument Ludwigs des Unglücklichen, 1793
Kantate auf die Wiedergenesung meines Vaters (lost)

Instrumental works
Pianoforte Concerto in G (lost)
Pianoforte Concerto in C (lost)
12 Piano Sonatas, 1792 (lost)
Pianoforte Trio, 1800 (lost)
Fantasie in G, pf, 1807
Fantasie in C, pf, 1811
Keyboard Variations (lost)
An meine entfernten Lieben, pf (lost)
Various songs and lieder totaling at least 18 works, of which two are lost.

May 15, 1759
Death Date: 
February 1, 1824

Works by Maria Theresia von Paradis