Tune of the Day: Schwanenlied
Fanny Mendelssohn, also known as Fanny Hensel after her marriage to painter Wilhelm Hensel, was the older sister of the famous German composer Felix Mendelssohn. She was writing music at a time when it was considered unsuitable for a woman from the upper middle classes to have ambitions as a professional musician. For this reason, a number of her songs were originally published under her brother's name. The “Schwanenlied” (“Swan Song”) appeared in print in 1846, the year before her death, as part of the very first collection of songs to be published under her own name.
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