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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, c1996
|Named Person:||Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel|
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|Description:||399 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Other Titles:||Fanny Mendelssohn.|
|Responsibility:||by Françoise Tillard ; translated by Camille Naish.|
Her talents were warmly received during a journey to Italy, particularly by Gounod, who heard her play from memory the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. At forty years of age Fanny finally went against the orders of her father and of Felix and published her compositions. She had just begun to receive critical praise when she died suddenly at the age of forty-two. Her death was a devastating blow to Felix, who survived her by barely six months. This book, originally published in French in 1992, is the first and only authoritative biography of Fanny Mendelssohn and contains a complete list of her published compositions. Set against the backdrop of a privileged life in Berlin in the early nineteenth century, Francoise Tillard's vivid portrait describes an exceptional artist - she left behind four hundred works - who could have held her own among the greatest if she had not been prohibited from venturing into the professional world.