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Hidden Music: The Life of Fanny Mendelssohn
     

Hidden Music: The Life of Fanny Mendelssohn

by Gloria Kamen, Laura Hammond Hough (Designed by)
 
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.

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689317149
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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