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04 June 2018Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-47) : The Black-browed Cantor

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-47) : The Black-browed Cantor Karin Fernald Monday 04 June 2018

Fanny was as talented as her younger brother Felix; she received the same musical education as he did. She composed prolifically in her early teens but was persuaded by their father to take a back seat in favour of Felix. She married an artist and continued to compose and conduct in private. Aged 40 she finally dared to publish a few compositions and was beginning to receive public acclaim when she suddenly died aged 42.

Image : Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel 1842