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Mendelssohn - Siblings. A recital of Piano Solos and Songs

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Elmslie House

8 Avenue Road

Malvern

WR14 3AG

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s hugely attractive piano works interspersed with selection from among the well-loved songs of her brother, Felix

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Both Fanny (b1805)and Felix (b1809) exhibited prodigious musical talent, with Fanny’s virtuosity as a pianist compared favourably to that of Felix, and both received every encouragement in their studies. While Abraham entertained some doubts over Felix pursuing a professional career he was quite quickly won over by endorsements of his son’s talents from figures such as Goethe and Moscheles, among many others. For Fanny, it was particularly her high social status that rendered a musical career unseemly and unacceptable to the family, rather than simple gender stereotyping, though her artist husband William Hensel was later notably supportive of her talents as both pianist and composer.

For him [Felix] music may become a profession. For you it has to remain a decoration. It can and should never be the be-all and end-all of your life. (extract from a letter of Abraham Mendelssohn to Fanny Mendelssohn quoted in ‘Gentle Genius — The Story of Felix Mendelssohn’ by George R. Marek)

Helen Cawthorne and John Barker gave a very successful recital at Elmslie House in June, having established a new home in Malvern within the past year. Details of their musical careers may be found at www.helencawthorne.com

Refreshments will be available in the interval - the recital will end at approximately 4.45pm

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