Anna Bon: Notes and Commentary

Anna Bon was a Russian-born Italian composer and performer. Her parents were both involved in music and traveled internationally, her father a Bolognese artist, and her mother a singer. She studied music at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice with the maestra di viola, Candida della Pièta. At the age of 16, she composed her six op. 1 flute sonatas, published in Nürnberg in 1756, which she dedicated to Friedrich. By 1756, she rejoined her parents in Bayreuth and held the new post of ‘chamber music virtuosa’ at the court. In 1762 the family moved to the Esterházy court at Eisenstadt, where she remained until at least 1765. She dedicated the published set of six harpsichord sonatas, op. 2, to Ernestina Augusta Sophia, Princess of Saxe-Weimar, and the set of six divertimenti (trio sonatas), op. 3, to Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria. In 1767, she lived in Hildburghausen, Thuringia, with her husband, a singer named Mongeri, although details of her story are lost to history. She was born in 1739 and died at an unknown date after 1767.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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