The Black-Brow’d Cantor
Friday 7 October, 7pm
A presentation by performer and NADFAS speaker Karin Fernald, with music by Fanny Hensel, portraits by Wilhelm Hensel, watercolours by Felix Mendelssohn and paintings by their contemporary Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840).
Fanny Mendelssohn was as talented as her brother Felix, four years younger... She received the same musical education and composed prolifically in her early teens. Soon, however, she would be persuaded by their father to take a back seat in favour of her brother. Fanny married Wilhelm Hensel, an artist and ex-soldier, who was proud of his wife’s gifts, and enjoyed collaborating with her. Fanny continued to compose and to conduct in private, organizing successful Sunday concerts in their Berlin home.
Aged 40, in spite of her brother’s disapproval, she finally dared to publish a few compositions, and was beginning to receive public acclaim when she suddenly died aged 42. Of her songs Felix said “they prove that true music exists … as the soul is made of music.”
All proceeds in aid of Burgh House. Sponsored by the Tana Trust.