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Paradis [Paradies], Maria Theresia (b Vienna, bap. 15 May 1759; dVienna, 1 Feb 1824). Austrian composer, pianist, organist and singer. She was the daughter of the Imperial Secretary and Court Councillor to Empress Maria Theresa, after whom she was named (the empress was not however her godmother, as was formerly believed). Some time between her second and fifth year she became blind; Anton Mesmer was able to improve her condition only temporarily, in 1777–8. She received a broad education from Leopold Kozeluch (piano), Vincenzo Righini (singing), Salieri (singing, dramatic composition), Abbé Vogler (theory and composition) and Carl Friberth (theory). By 1775 she was performing as a pianist and singer in Viennese concert rooms and salons. Composers who wrote for her include Salieri (an organ concerto, 1773), Mozart (a piano concerto, probably k456) and possibly Haydn (a piano concerto, hXVIII:4) . . . the famous Sicilienne is spurious, probably the work (after a Weber violin sonata op.10 no.1) of its purported discoverer, Samuel Dushkin.
(R. Angermüller, et al. “Paradis, Maria Theresia.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford Univ. Press, accessed Nov. 21, 2012, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/20868.)