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The Tenth Muse:
How Maria Antonia
Advanced the Pastoral Opera

Take a trip back to the courts of 18th-century Munich and Dresden and meet Maria Antonia Walpurgis Symphorosa, an unparalleled creative force and patron of the arts hailed during her lifetime as “The Tenth Muse” for her accomplishments in multiple areas of the arts—poetry, painting and music for operas in which she, herself, sang the lead role. Poems were written in her honor and children were named after her (including her cousin, who is better known to history as “Marie Antoinette”). April Lynn James brings this nearly-forgotten figure to life in the first book-length biography in English about the Princess who would become Electress of Saxony.

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