Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

Biography

Born: November 14, 1805 in Hamburg, Germany   Died: May 14, 1847 in Berlin, Germany   Country: Germany   Period: Romantic
Fanny Cécilie Mendelssohn's father, Abraham, was a prosperous banker. When Napoleon's troops occupied Hamburg in 1811, the Jewish family relocated to Berlin. There, in 1816, Fanny and her younger brother Felix were baptized as Lutherans. The two talented youngsters were brought up in an exceptionally stimulating atmosphere and both became highly accomplished composers and pianists. Based on contemporary accounts and her music, she had talents as Read more a composer that were fairly comparable to those of her brother. However, her father opposed a professional career as unsuitable for a young gentlewoman. Felix carried on this opposition after their father's death.
At the age of 17 she fell in love with a struggling painter, Wilhelm Hensel. After some years of familiar opposition due to his lack of wealth, they were married and moved into a house in the family compound. In 1839 and 1840 the couple visited Italy. There Fanny found herself the center of a circle of young musicians who admired her music. She blossomed under this attention and composed with renewed confidence. She wrote piano music, oratorios, and chamber music. In the mid-1840s she informed her brother that she intended to begin to publish her music and he apparently dropped his opposition. However, at about that time she began to suffer recurrent nosebleeds, which we recognize now as a sign of high blood pressure. On May 16, 1847, while rehearsing a performance of one of Felix's oratorios, she felt her hands go numb, then fell over, struck by a fatal stroke. Her music never had its just debut during her lifetime and much of it remained unheard and unpublished. It was only in the late 1900s that recordings brought evidence of her exceptional gifts as a composer to the general public.
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Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler: Lieder
Release Date: 02/20/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 738   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Music / Béatrice Rauchs
Release Date: 08/07/2000   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 885   Number of Discs: 1
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Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn: Complete Piano Trios
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94490   Number of Discs: 2
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Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel


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I. Adagio ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Romanze
IV. Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro molto vivace
II. Andante espressivo
III. Leid: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato
WORKS
No. 1. January
No. 2. February
No. 3. March
No. 4. April
No. 5. May
No. 6. June
No. 7. July
No. 8. August
No. 9. September
No. 10. October
No. 11. November
No. 12. December
Postlude
No. 1. Nach Suden
No. 2. Vorwurf
No. 3. Abendbild
No. 4. Im Herbste
No. 5. Bergeslust
No. 1. Schwanenlied
No. 2. Wanderlied
No. 3. Warum sind denn die Rosen
No. 4. Mayenlied
No. 5. Morgenstandchen
No. 6. Gondellied
No. 1. Nachtwanderer
No. 2. Erwin
No. 3. Fruhling
No. 4. Du bist die Ruh
No. 5. Bitte
No. 6. Dein ist mein Herz
Allegro assai
Allegretto
Allegro molto quasi Presto
Lento appassionato
Allegro molto vivace
Andante soave
Introduction: Allegro moderato
Recitative (Alto) - Arioso (Bass) - Recitative (Soprano)
Chorus
Recitative (Alto)
Recitative (Soprano)
Chorus
Aria (Tenor)
Recitative (Soprano)
Trauerchor
Chor der Seligen - Recitative (Soprano)
Arioso (Soprano)
Solo Quartet
Chorus
Recitative (Soprano)
Schlusschor
I. Adagio ma non troppo
II. Allegretto
III. Romanze
IV. Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro molto agitato
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro molto vivace
II. Andante espressivo
III. Leid: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato


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