November’s composer of the month is Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (FAN-ee MEN-dle-szawn HEN-sle).
Born: November 14, 1805
Died: May 14, 1847
• Fanny was the eldest child of her family, which included younger brother and renowned composer Felix Mendelssohn. By some accounts, she was regarded as the better pianist of the two.
• When she was only 14, Fanny performed 24 preludes from J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier for her father — from memory.
• Fanny married a painter named Wilhelm Hensel, and they had one son, which they named after Fanny’s favorite three composers — Sebastian Ludwig Felix Hensel.
• She composed over 460 works — a number of which were originally published under Felix’s name.
• Fanny’s last major composition — the Piano Trio in D minor Op. 11 — was written for her sister, Rebecka.
Three important works:
• Piano Sonata in C minor (1824)
• Das Jahr (1841)
• Piano Trio in D major, Op. 11 (1847)
Audio Backpack playlist: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel