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 [Nov. 14, 1805 – May 14, 1847]

Born in Hamburg, Germany she was also known as Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and after her marriage she was known as Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.

Fanny Mendelssohn was the oldest of the four children, born on November 14, 1805. Just like her brother Felix [or should I say, Felix just like his sister fanny] was a virtuoso pianist and a composer. Another similarity of these two great composers was they both showed tremendous musical ability at a young age. Also, sadly, these siblings both died at a too young age. She died at the age of 41 in Berlin, Germany, on May 14, 1847.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy some wonderful music from Mendelssohn-not Felix, but Fanny! First, the string quartet I heard on All Classical Portland that inspired me to write this classical music post.

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: String Quartet in E Flat Major:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Overture in C Major:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Trio in D minor:

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel:  “Bergeslust”:

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