Marianna Bottini

Marianna Bottini. Clarinet Music by Women Composers
Marianna Bottini

Marianna Bottini (1802 – 1858) was born in Lucca, Italy. She was a composer and harp teacher, and is remembered in the clarinet community for her Concerto for clarino in beffà, as well as a Quadriglia for two violins, clarinet, and bass.

Marianna Bottini (1802-1825)

Marianna Bottini née Motroni-Andreozzi (7 November 1802 – 25 January 1858) was an Italian composer and harp teacher. She was born in Lucca, daughter of the nobleman Sebastiano Motroni-Andreozzi and his wife Eleonora Flekestein.1,2

She studied counterpoint with Domenico Quilici and was admitted to the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna in 1820 as an ‘honorary master composer’. In 1823 she married the Marquis Lorenzo Bottini, a prominent political figure. She was one of the few women whose music was played for the traditional festival in honor of St. Cecilia. She died in Lucca,3 a small town in Tuscany just northeast of Pisa.

Most of her musical output dates from her early years, between the ages of 13 and 20. Among her compositions is at least one clarinet concerto, written for a clarino, and is available for purchase. Her surviving manuscripts, among them the clarinet concerto, are preserved at the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca (in the Bottini collection). Also in the collection are several chamber works for various instruments, including a quadrino for two violins, clarino, and bass. Reproductions of scores and parts may be made available upon request.

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Concerto for Clarino in beffà | 1820
Clarino and orchestra
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Quadriglia | c. 1800-1830
Clarino, 2 violins, bass
Manuscripts preserved in the Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca (in the Bottini collection). Reproductions may be made upon request.

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  1. Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  2. Cohen, Aaron I. (1981). International encyclopedia of women composers.
  3. Marianna Bottini: una musicista lucchese dell’Ottocento (1802-1858). Istituto storico lucchese. 2007.
  4. La Pusata, Maria Sabrina. “Bottini, Marianna”. Archived from the original on 14 November 20
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