Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Festspiel, MA Ms. 37 : a modern edition and conductor's analysis for performance

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marilee A. Vana (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Carroll

Abstract: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847), gifted pianist and prolific composer, wrote over thirty choral works including part-songs, cantatas, an oratorio, and the chamber work with orchestra, Festspiel. Since the bulk of Hensel's compositions are lieder and piano music, no scholarly study of Hensel's choral works has been conducted. This document addresses the need for her choral works to be researched, published, and performed and represents the first step in obtaining a published edition of one of the few remaining chamber works by Hensel which are only available in manuscript. Determining the historical significance of Festspiel involved investigating the available biographical sources concerning Fanny Hensel and the circumstances leading to the premiere of Festspiel. This document presents three areas of study: an historical perspective of the work, a modern edition of Festspiel including the translation to present for publication, and the first complete analysis of one of Hensel's choral works with editorial comments and performance suggestions.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Hensel, Fanny Mendelssohn, $d 1805-1847. $t Choral music. $k Selections
Women composers $z Germany $v Biography

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