Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 15: Fanny Mendelssohn


As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Episode #15 of Busy Kids Love Music pays tribute to a remarkable and often overlooked figure in classical music history – Fanny Mendelssohn. While her brother Felix Mendelssohn is widely known, Fanny’s brilliance as a composer and pianist has remained somewhat hidden. Join me in this episode as we uncover the story of Fanny Mendelssohn, an extraordinary talent whose musical legacy shines brightly.

Discover the intriguing dynamics between Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. While Felix is often celebrated as the more famous sibling, you’ll learn about Fanny’s exceptional musical talents and why some believed she was the more gifted pianist of the two. Unravel the complexities of their relationship and the mutual influence they had on each other’s musical journeys.

In this episode, we explore the obstacles Fanny faced on her journey as a composer. Despite her undeniable talent, societal norms and expectations of the time discouraged Fanny from publishing her musical works under her own name. Dive into the challenges she navigated and the determination that fueled her creativity in the face of adversity.

Did you know that Felix Mendelssohn once found himself in a royal embarrassment over one of Fanny’s compositions? Join us as we delve into the amusing yet telling incident involving Queen Victoria and a piece of music that showcased Fanny’s genius.

Busy Kids Love Music is committed to making classical music accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #15 not only sheds light on the life and work of Fanny Mendelssohn but also provides educational insights into the challenges faced by female composers throughout history.

Whether you’re a parent eager to introduce your child to the often-overlooked history of female composers or a young listener excited to learn about the musical genius of Fanny Mendelssohn, Episode #15 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the inspiring melodies of Fanny’s legacy captivate your hearts.

Join me in celebrating the brilliance and resilience of Fanny Mendelssohn during Women’s History Month. Happy listening!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Overture in C Major – Fanny Mendelssohn

Italien – Fanny Mendelssohn

Easter Sonata in A Major

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 15

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of FANNY MENDELSSOHN until our next episode airs in two weeks.

Day 1: String Quartet in E-flat Major

Day 2: Hiob Cantata

Day 3: September: at the River from Das Jahr

Day 4: Nocture in G Minor

Day 5: There is a Fountain Filled With Blood

Day 6: Bergeslust

Day 7: Vier Lieder für das Pianoforte, op. 8

Day 8: Piano Sonata in C Minor

Day 9: Prelude for Organ in F Major

Day 10: Hero and Leander


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