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Author Tillard, Fran├žoise.

Title Fanny Mendelssohn / by Fran├žoise Tillard ; translated by Camille Naish.

Published Portland, Or. : Amdeus Press, c1996.


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Uniform title Fanny Mendelssohn. English
Physical description 399 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 376-383) and index.
Summary Fanny Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1805-1847), like her younger brother Felix, demonstrated prodigious musical talent as a child. In their youth, Fanny and Felix were inseparable friends; they encouraged each other, collaborated in musical endeavors, and received the same education and training from distinguished tutors. But as an adolescent, Fanny was told by her father that her role as a woman was to concern herself with her home and that music could be only secondary, even though she had become a remarkable pianist and composer. She married Wilhelm Hensel, a respected portrait painter who encouraged her musical talents. Fulfilling her domestic role as wife and as mother of their son, Sebastian, she continued to compose - principally lieder - and to organize concerts in her home that became an integral part of the Berlin musical scene.
Her talents were warmly received during a journey to Italy, particularly by Gounod, who heard her play from memory the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. At forty years of age Fanny finally went against the orders of her father and of Felix and published her compositions. She had just begun to receive critical praise when she died suddenly at the age of forty-two. Her death was a devastating blow to Felix, who survived her by barely six months. This book, originally published in French in 1992, is the first and only authoritative biography of Fanny Mendelssohn and contains a complete list of her published compositions. Set against the backdrop of a privileged life in Berlin in the early nineteenth century, Francoise Tillard's vivid portrait describes an exceptional artist - she left behind four hundred works - who could have held her own among the greatest if she had not been prohibited from venturing into the professional world.
Subject Hensel, Fanny Mendelssohn, 1805-1847.
Women composers -- Germany -- Biography.
ISBN 0931340969