Francesca (Franziska) Lebrun (1756-1791) was born AND died the same years as the perhaps more famous composer W A Mozart. During her life, Lebrun was a celebrity in her own right, however as a singer. Whenever La Scala or the King’s Theatre needed a superstar singer for the most demanding roles, they called for Lebrun. Between her extensive tours she lived in Mannheim and London. For oboe players today the name Lebrun might sound familiar thanks to Ludwig August Lebrun, top oboe player of his days and composer of the lovely oboe concertos (among other compositions). He was Francescas husband, and Francescas little brother Franz Danzi is probably also familiar to many wind players today.
Francesca and Ludwig August made many tours together, performing e.g. arias for soprano and oboe. Contemporary sources say that when you heard them making music together, you couldn’t hear where the voice ended and where the oboe continued. They were one.
The 12 fun, jazzy sonatas for violin and piano are easily available as sheet music and recordings.
We know that many more pieces must have been written by her, so there are treasures still to be found out there.