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Mendelssohn, Fanny (1805-1847)  

Fanny Mendelssohn

born: 14 November 1805
died: 14 May 1847
country: Germany

This extraordinarily gifted composer contributed some 250 lieder to the repertory. Her work is still undervalued, and only a fraction it has been performed and recorded. As the sister of Felix Mendelssohn she benefited from a splendid musical education (she studied with Zelter and Ludwig Berger among others). Nevertheless, as the eldest daughter of a Jewish family (where wealth and religious conversion did not guarantee a liberal attitude to a woman becoming a professional musician) she was under constant pressure to fulfil her domestic destiny as a daughter and prospective wife. It must have caused her untold distress that her musical significance was discounted in this way, but she seems to have dutifully suppressed an open expression of these feelings. In 1829 she married the painter William Hensel (whose poem Am Maienfeste was set to music by Berger during his early days in Berlin when he was a friend of Wilhelm Müller). Happily Hensel valued his wife’s musical talents, and she soon became an important part of musical life in Berlin where she was renowned as a conductor and organizer of Sunday concerts. Her early death from a heart attack at the age of forty-two shocked her brother Felix so much that it is said to have hastened his own premature death.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

Albums
'Mendelssohn & Schumann: Piano Trios' (CDH55078)
Mendelssohn & Schumann: Piano Trios
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55078  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Mendelssohn: Lieder' (CDH55360)
Mendelssohn: Lieder
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55360  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 1' (CDA66906)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 1
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66906 
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 3' (CDA67388)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 3
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67388 
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
Buy by post £150.00 CDS44201/40  40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Trios' (CDH55078)
Schumann & Mendelssohn: Piano Trios
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55078  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
Buy by post £26.00 CDJ33051/3  3CDs  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Abendbild  No 3 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  First line to Suleika (Mendelssohn)
An des Beetes Umbuschung  First line to Der Rosenkranz, No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
An des lust'gen Brunnens Rand  First line to Suleika und Hatem, No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Auf des Gartens Mauerzinne  First line to Im Herbste, No 4 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Aus meinen Tränen sprießen (Mendelssohn)
Bergeslust  No 5 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Bitte  No 5 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Brächte dich meinem Arm der nächste Frühling!  First line to Die Ersehnte, No 1 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Dämmrung senkte sich von oben (Mendelssohn)
Das Heimweh  No 2 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Dein ist mein Herz  No 6 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Der Maiabend  No 5 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Der Rosenkranz  No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die Ersehnte  No 1 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die frühen Gräber  No 4 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die Mainacht  No 6 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die Nonne  No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die Schiffende (Mendelssohn)
Du bist die Ruh  No 4 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Du klagst, dass bange Wehmut dich beschleicht  First line to Vorwurf, No 2 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Erwin  No 2 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Es fällt ein Stern herunter  First line to Schwanenlied, No 1 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Fern und ferner schallt der Reigen  First line to Sehnsucht, No 7 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Ferne  No 2 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Friedlicher Abend senkt sich aufs Gefilde  First line to Abendbild, No 3 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Frühling  No 3 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Gondellied  No 6 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen (Mendelssohn)
Ich wandre durch die stille Nacht  First line to Nachtwanderer, No 1 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Ihr fernen Heimathöhen  First line to Traum (Mendelssohn)
Ihr verblühet, süsse Rosen  First line to Erwin, No 2 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Im Herbste  No 4 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Im stillen Klostergarten  First line to Die Nonne, No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (Mendelssohn)
In den Wipfeln frische Lüfte  First line to Morgenständchen, No 5 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Italien  No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Läuten kaum die Maienglocken  First line to Maienlied, No 4 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Maienlied  No 4 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Morgenständchen  No 5 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Nach Süden  No 1 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Nachtwanderer  No 1 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
O alte Heimat süss!  First line to Ferne, No 2 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
O komm zu mir wenn durch die Nacht  First line to Gondellied, No 6 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
O Lust vom Berg zu schauen  First line to Bergeslust, No 5 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Piano Trio in D major, Op 11 (Mendelssohn)
Schöner und schöner schmückt sich der Plan  First line to Italien, No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Schwanenlied  No 1 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Sehnsucht  No 7 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Sie wankt dahin, die Abendwinde spielen  First line to Die Schiffende (Mendelssohn)
Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Suleika (Mendelssohn)
Suleika und Hatem  No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Traum (Mendelssohn)
Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Übern Garten durch die Lüfte  First line to Frühling, No 3 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Umweht von Maiduft  First line to Der Maiabend, No 5 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Und wüssten's die Blumen, die kleinen  First line to Verlust, No 10 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Verlust  No 10 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Von allen Zweigen schwingen  First line to Nach Süden, No 1 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Von den Bergen zu den Hügeln  First line to Wanderlied, No 2 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Vorwurf  No 2 of Five Songs, Op 10 (Mendelssohn)
Wanderlied  No 2 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Wann der silberne Mond durch die Gesträuche blinkt  First line to Die Mainacht, No 6 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass?  No 3 of Six Songs, Op 1 (Mendelssohn)
Was ist's, das mir den Atem hemmet  First line to Das Heimweh, No 2 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Weil' auf mir, du dunkles Auge  First line to Bitte, No 5 of Six Songs, Op 7 (Mendelssohn)
Wenn ich in deine Augen sehe (Mendelssohn)
Willkommen, o silberner Mond  First line to Die frühen Gräber, No 4 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
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