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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


Demonic Influences (1836–1839)

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/9780195180800.003.0008
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


Basset Horn Music

Albert R. Rice

in From the Clarinet D'Amour to the Contra Bass: A History of the Large Size Clarinets, 1740-1860

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195343281
eISBN:
9780199867813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343281.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter three is devoted to basset horn music grouped in the categories: opera, sacred, and stage works; orchestral; chamber music; and wind band music. Other sections cover virtuosi and concert ... 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


The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Russell Stinson

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195171099
eISBN:
9780199865239
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Bach's music has made an indelible mark on all those who compose for the organ, and in the 19th century, Bach's music was revived, revered, and brought to life for a musical public. This study ... 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


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


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


The Philosophical Composer: The Influence of Moses Mendelssohn and Friedrich Schleiermacher on Felix Mendelssohn

Leon Botstein

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Felix Mendelssohn’s philosophical convictions regarding faith and human reason not only hold a clue to his intentions as a mature composer but also set him apart from many contemporaries. His ... More


The “Second Mozart”: Mendelssohn and precocity revisited

R. Larry Todd

in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199685851
eISBN:
9780191806049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0026
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1808–1847), recognized as one of the most astonishing musical prodigies of all time, earned comparisons as early as his twelfth year to a “Second Mozart.” What set ... 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


Mendelssohn’s Difference in FaithRethinking Kunstreligion in the Context of His Compositional Aesthetics

Sabine Koch

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter departs from confessional interpretations of Felix Mendelssohn’s musical and religious outlook, encouraged by an empathetic reading of his own statements within the context of wider ... More


Mendelssohn and Droysen: Historicism in Practice and Theory

Celia Applegate

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter considers Felix Mendelssohn’s historicism—his cultural activities aimed at reviving the past in order to illuminate and improve the present—through the composer’s long-standing ... More


Sibling Love and the Daemonic: Contradictions in the Relationship between Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn

Angela Mace Christian

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Sibling love in the relationship between Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn has become recognized in recent years as one of the most important formational aspects of their lives and music. Based on 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


‘Time Is, Time Was, Time Is Past’: Mendelssohn’s Songs of Travel

Susan Youens

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Reiselied forms a distinct subcategory in Felix Mendelssohn’s song output. Of his more than seventy published songs, at least eleven speak primarily of departure, travelling, awareness of ... More


Mendelssohn and the Transformation of Leipzig Musical Culture

Jeffrey S. Sposato

in Leipzig After Bach: Church and Concert Life in a German City

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190616953
eISBN:
9780190616984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190616953.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter is the third of three chapters to look at the relationship between a Thomaskantor, who oversaw the church music, and a Kapellmeister (music director) of the public concerts. Thomaskantor ... More


Reassessing Mendelssohn’s Song Aesthetic through the Lens of Religion: The Case of ‘Entsagung’

Jennifer Ronyak

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Entsagung’, Op. 9 No. 11, sets a text by Johann Gustav Droysen that is influenced by Protestant practice, although the song is not sacred in the traditional sense and was ... More


Fanny Hensel’s Sechs Lieder, Op. 9: A Brother’s Elegy

Stephen Rodgers

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0020
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In October 1847, five months after Fanny Hensel died, her brother Felix Mendelssohn brought several of her manuscripts to his publisher. Three years later, these works appeared in print as Fanny’s ... More


Mendelssohn and the Erards

Robert Adelson

in Erard: A Passion for the Piano

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197565315
eISBN:
9780197565346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197565315.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

One of the musicians who benefited from the Erard pianos made in London was Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47). Mendelssohn became close friends with Pierre and Céleste Erard, and may have been one of the ... More


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