Hidden Music: The Life of Fanny Mendelssohn

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Although as gifted a musician as her brother, Felix, Fanny Mendelssohn's enormous talent went largely unnoticed. It was not considered proper for a well-to-do young lady to become a professional musician and, although she encounted much resistance, Fanny still managed to produce 400 or more scores--many of which have yet to be published.

Describes the life of Felix Mendelssohn's sister, a highly talented composer in her own right.

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Overview

Although as gifted a musician as her brother, Felix, Fanny Mendelssohn's enormous talent went largely unnoticed. It was not considered proper for a well-to-do young lady to become a professional musician and, although she encounted much resistance, Fanny still managed to produce 400 or more scores--many of which have yet to be published.

Describes the life of Felix Mendelssohn's sister, a highly talented composer in her own right.

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Carolyn Phelan
The older sister of Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny was an accomplished musician and composer in her own right. However, born to a wealthy family in nineteenth-century Germany, she found it impossible to pursue a career in music. Instead, the dutiful wife and mother watched her brother grow away from her as he achieved fame, and she struggled to continue writing and performing, eventually publishing some of her music. The many quotations from letters give Fanny a voice: "If only "once" I could have as many rehearsals as I wanted! I really believe I have the talent for working out pieces and making the interpretation clear to people. But oh, the "dilettantes"." The epilogue introduces 14 women who have composed or conducted music since Fanny Mendelssohn's death in 1847. Ink-and-watercolor illustrations (not seen) by Kamen will appear in the finished book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689317149
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 82
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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    i think this book was very innspiring and it gave me insperation to be who i want to be, and can be. Hidden Music is a wonderful book!

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