Member Randy Poe, pianist and Fanny Hensel enthusiast, is pleased to present a lecture and performance on “The Music of Fanny Hensel”, an introduction to the music and the life of one of the finest, though still relatively unknown, 19th century German Romantic composers. After the presentation we will reconvene for dinner at Pietro's, 1714 Walnut St.
Thanks to our friends at Philadelphia Fans of Classical Music and the Philadelphia Classical Music Meetup, we are collaborating with the presentation of an under-appreciated yet estimable composer, the sister of Felix Mendelssohn.
Fanny Hensel née Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was the elder sister of Felix Mendelssohn, like him a virtuoso pianist and a prolific composer beginning in childhood. However due to family pressure she was discouraged from public performance or publication of her work, instead composing nearly 500 pieces for private performance at her Sonntagmusik (Sunday Music) salons, for piano, chamber group, voice and what she called “my little chorus”. Her music was largely forgotten from her death in 1847 until the late 20th century, when it was finally rediscovered and brought into print.
We will be sampling primarily her works for solo piano, including several untitled pieces and some selections from a cycle of 12 pieces called Das Jahr (The Year). While Das Jahr has been performed and recorded a number of times, so far as we know most of those performances are based on a manuscript first uncovered in 1979. Randy will be playing from a later manuscript, which includes substantial revisions and one piece (for June) which to the best of our knowledge has not been recorded.
If you like what you hear, we hope you’ll help Randy spread the word that this composer deserves a place on the mainstream stage alongside her contemporaries such as Beethoven, Chopin, and brother Felix.
Many thanks to Jacobs Music and Valerie Vogt for making the 2nd floor recital room at Jacobs Music available to our meetup group. No refreshments will be served at the presentation, but all attendees are welcome to come to dinner at Pietro’s, at 1714 Walnut St., at 5:30.
Jacobs Music, at 1718 Chestnut St., is a short walk from City Hall Metro Station, and Suburban Train station. If you will be driving, a map showing the location of nearby parking lots is HERE. More information on parking facilities can be found on the PPA website, by entering the street address.