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Fanny Cäcilie Mendelssohn (14th November 1805–14th May 1847), later Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer, and was the sister of Felix Mendelssohn; they were the grandchildren of the distinguished Jewish philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn.

Fanny Mendelssohn composed 466 pieces of music, including a piano trio and several books of solo piano pieces and songs. A number of her songs were originally published under…

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  • Highly underrated piano composer. Unfortunately she remains in the shadow of her brother Felix.
  • NB: the recording by The Dartington Piano Trio of piano trios by Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn has a mistake in the sleeve notes. It refers to the Mendellsohn's piano trio as "Piano trio in D major, op. 11" when it's in fact in D minor.
  • Feminine Talent group: http://www.last.fm/group/Feminine+Talent
  • "Shouldn't it be Mendelssohn-Hensel?" No, she's almost always known as Fanny Mendelssohn (there seems to be fashion at the moment for using the Hensel -- but inconsistently: sometimes Hensel-Mendelssohn, sometime Mendelssohn-Hensel).
  • http://www.last.fm/group/Schumann/

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