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Becoming Frau Hensel (1828–1830)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

For five years, Wilhelm Hensel had pursued an elusive goal in Rome as he completed his training and strove to produce work worthy of an artist, durable paintings on grand historical, biblical ... More


Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

R. Larry Todd

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Granddaughter of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fanny Hensel (1805–47) was an extraordinary musician who left well over four hundred ... More


Sibling Rivalry and Separation (1822–1824)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

That sibling rivalry was a possible motivating factor for Fanny Hensel to write a piano quartet might explain some similarities between the slow movements of the siblings’ compositions, both of which ... More


Youthful Decrepitude (1834–1835)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Admittedly, during the previous decade, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy had already engaged Ludwig van Beethoven's music in a series of compositions. Writing to Felix, Fanny Hensel observed that her ... More


Demonic Influences (1836–1839)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The concept of the demonic influence had figured prominently in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's works, especially in the closing sections of his autobiographical Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and ... More


Engraver's Ink and Heavenly Songs (1845–1847)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Robert von Keudell looms especially large in Fanny Hensel's biography because he apparently played the critical role of convincing her late in life to begin publishing under her own name, the final ... More


Domestic Tranquility (1840–1842)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Within weeks after returning to Berlin, the Hensels found themselves stuck in the “prose” of domestic life; their familiar Berlin surroundings were no match for the poetry of Italy. The accession of ... More


Leipzigerstrasse No. 3 (1825–1828)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The passing of Bella Salomon—daughter of Daniel Itzig, matriarch of the Mendelssohns’ wealth, and, in her declining years, mother reconciled through Fanny Hensel with her apostate son—precipitated a ... More


Secret Aspirations (1830–1833)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

For Fanny Hensel's twenty-eighth birthday, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy finished a landscape painting and a major new composition, the Fair Melusine Overture, op. thirty-two. However, Felix, ever the ... More


Italian Intermezzo (1839–1840)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

As 1839 neared its end, the Hensels celebrated Christmas by fabricating a tree from cypress, orange, and myrtle branches. The papal services left Fanny Hensel unexpectedly nostalgic for ... More


The Joys of Dilettantism (1843–1845)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

By composing music for the first scene (H-U 389), Fanny effectively brought Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's verses out of the private library into the realm of “public” music making. To that end, she ... More


Musical Ornaments (1819–1821)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In 1819, though Fanny Hensel was certainly the more advanced pianist of the two, around this time her parents made the decision to promote Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's musical training. Thus, on Lea ... More


Fugal Fingers (1805–1818)

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Little is known about Fanny Hensel's early years in Hamburg. The first notice about her is a letter, written by Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy to his mother-in-law the day after Fanny's birth, ... More


Epilogue

R. Larry Todd

in Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195180800
eISBN:
9780199852635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180800.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

For Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the loss of Fanny Hensel was a crushing blow from which he never recovered. With her passing, he confided to Karl Klingemann, his entire youth had disappeared, and he ... More


Fanny Hensel, “Von dir, mein Lieb, ich scheiden muss” (1841) and “Ich kann wohl manchmal singen” (1846)

Stephen Rodgers

in Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular & Sacred Music to 1900

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190237028
eISBN:
9780190237059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190237028.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter challenges the common view that Fanny Hensel’s songs are spontaneous, unpredictable, and guided by “fantasy.” An examination of her song beginnings—which tend to veer quickly from their ... More


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