Preview: “Forgotten Genius: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel”

Local concert pianist Angela Zanders is to give an illustrated recital on Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, the much-neglected sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn, at St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield on Saturday 10th November at 3pm-5pm.

Fanny was also a prolific composer of genius, but the social conventions of the nineteenth century dictated that women could not pursue careers, so her music was largely forgotten after her death.

Angela will focus on Mendelssohn-Hensel’s major piano work, ‘Das Jahr’, a cycle of pieces depicting the months of the year. She will perform the work in its entirety, but first she will discuss the life and achievements of the composer and provide an introduction to this moving and virtuosic work.

“Before 1964, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel was only thought to have written a few songs in her lifetime, but it gradually became apparent that she had actually composed over 400 works and was an astoundingly talented composer. ‘Das Jahr’ was only discovered in 1989 and truly deserves to be more frequently included in recital programmes,” said Angela.

Entrance is free with a retiring collection and refreshments will be available in the interval.

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