Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mendelssohn But Not Felix

I was listening to All Classical Portland about a week ago [in February of 2018] and heard this string quartet I hadn't heard before and I thought to myself, 'that sounds like Mendelssohn'.  I was right, it was Mendelssohn. But I was also wrong as it wasn't Felix Mendelssohn [one of my favorite composers] who I thought, but rather his sister Fanny Mendelssohn. Then I thought to myself, what an amazing classical musical family.

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel [1805-1847]
Fanny Mendelssohn [when married became Fanny Hensel] was the oldest of the four children born in Germany, a pianist and like her brother Felix, a composer, who both showed tremendous musical ability at a young age.

Please turn up the volume to hear some great classical music compositions from Mendelssohn-not Felix, but Fanny.

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: String Quartet in E Flat Major, Movement 1, Adagio ma non troppo:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Overture in C Major:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Trio in D minor:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel:  "Bergeslust":

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