The career of Fanny Mendelssohn was a textbook example of the cultural and social constraints on the artistic development of women during the 19th century. A composer and performer of exceptional talent, Fanny lived most of her life in the shadow of her brother Felix, whose success as a composer severely handicapped Fanny’s own development. The correspondence between the siblings provide a striking testimony of their conflicts, aspirations, and mutual influence.
The program highlights Felix’s and Fanny’s remarkable compositional legacy and Fanny’s role as one of the most important salonnières of the Romantic period.
Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
March 23, 2005
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street,