Recorded on 01/10/2006, uploaded on 01/14/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
When Felix Mendelssohn
visited England in 1846-7, he had a private audience with Queen Victoria. She told him how much she liked his songs, and
asked if she could sing her favorite-Italien
from his Op. 8 collection. After Her
Majesty sang it, Felix admitted to her that it was not his, but had been
composed by his sister, Fanny. The Queen had good taste, for Fanny Mendelssohn
was a marvelous composer, largely under-appreciated to this day.
Fanny received her early
musical training from her mother, and like her younger brother studied
composition with C. F. Zelter, who introduced her to the music of J. S. Bach.
Her success was limited, however, by prevailing attitudes against women
assuming professional roles in music. Her output for piano music numbers over 125
works, including sonatas, preludes, fugues, songs without words, bagatelles,
and character pieces. Schluss
and Allegro molto in c minor are among the many works that were not published
until long after Fanny's death. Heather Schmidt
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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