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International Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Conference

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
13-15 November 2005

International Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Conference

The year 2005 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fanny
Mendelssohn Hensel (born 14 November 1805). To celebrate the occasion in
the best musical and scholarly fashion, the International Fanny
Mendelssohn Hensel Conference will be held 13-15 November 2005 at The
Florida State University. The keynote lecture will be given by R. Larry
Todd of Duke University, and evening performances will feature the faculty
of The Florida State University College of Music.

The oldest child in one of nineteenth-century Berlin's most prominent and
cultivated families, Fanny Mendelssohn received outstanding cultural and
musical education. She married the Berlin court painter Wilhelm Hensel,
who produced exquisite portraits of the members of the Mendelssohn family
as well as illustrations accompanying some of the manuscripts of Fanny's
music.

A prolific composer, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel wrote in many genres. Though
some of her work saw publication early among the songs of her brother
Felix, she began a publishing career only toward the end of her brief
life. Much of her work remained in manuscript until the late twentieth
century, but it has begun to reappear and to receive its due recognition
and appreciation.

Among Hensel's important activities her leadership of the family's musical
salon earns her an important place in the understanding of the cultural
life of the time. The Sonntagsmusiken at the Mendelssohn home at
Leipzigerstrasse no. 3 in Berlin hosted leading musicians and gave Fanny a
setting for her own performances.

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel merits study for her music itself, her place in
her family and society, and her representation of the position of a woman
in her historical and cultural context. Her music deserves to be heard in
performances by outstanding artists. We hope that this conference will
help to fill those needs, mark a memorable moment in the development of
Hensel's reputation, and lead to further studies and performances in the
future.

For additional information, please visit the Conference website,
http://otto.cmr.fsu.edu/SOM/hensel/main.htm.

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