Caterina Benedicta Grazianini
fl. early 1700s
Few details of Caterina Benedicta Grazianini’s life are known, but it is likely that she became a canoness while living in Vienna, writing oratorios alongside Grimani, Rossi and Rachenau. Only two of her oratorios, performed during King Joseph I’s reign at the Imperial Court in Vienna, have survived. In 1705, San Gemigniano, vescovo e protettore di Modena was “sung before the Highness of Brunswick and Modena…. and wondrously received.” Santa Teresa was written in a conventional style of alternating arias and recitatives, with an ensemble finale accompanied by continuo, harpsichord, and strings. Grazianini’s use of rhythm and the juxtaposition of the vocal line and the accompaniment add personality and strength to her characters.