Great artists: Fanny Mendelssohn

Course Dates: 29/03/22 - 05/04/22
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Surprise! It’s the ‘other’ Mendelssohn who wrote music. Learn all about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. Come for the music, stay for the person (as well)!
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

Course Code: MD033

Tue, day, 29 Mar - 05 Apr '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805- 1847) was a talented 19th century composer and salon hostess. Her life and her works reveal the gendered nature of early 19th century music production in Europe, most clearly reflected in her personal correspondence and her diaries. In this course we will grapple with some of Fanny’s personal and artistic dilemmas with regards to her own passions and aspirations (music) and the gendered expectations of her family and her society. We will compare her choices and her compromises with those of her more famous sibling– Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy– and we will immerse ourselves in reading excerpts from her diaries and personal correspondence.

What will we cover?

- Mendelssohn Hensel’s biography
- The gendered nature of 19th century musical education and its limitations for women of Fanny’s social class.
- Her relationship with her family.
- Her music.
- German-Jewish culture in the early 19th century.
- Historiography and how we read primary sources.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand how social class and gender affected music production in early 19th century Europe.
- Explain why Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel didn’t pursue a career in music.
- Read primary sources (historical newspapers, diaries and correspondence) and extract meaningful information from them.
- Feel confident using some technical language to describe Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s musical works.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (zoom) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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