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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Jeffrey S. Sposato

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190616953
eISBN:
9780190616984
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190616953.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book examines church music and public concert music in Leipzig, Germany, a city in Saxony, in the period between 1750 (the year Thomaskantor Johann Sebastian Bach died) and 1847 (the year that ... More


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