Fanny Hensel

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was born on this day, November 14th, in 1805. (Google honored on this, her 216th birthday, in its daily doodle.)

She wrote more than 460 pieces of music, at least some of which were published under her brother Felix’s name. The first work published under her own name was her Opus 1, in 1846. She was 41 years old. Within a year, she died.

Women have always made hard choices in limited circumstances. It’s gratifying to Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel acknowledged, and the same or more goes to Clara Wieck Schumann. (I recommend wading through this book if you are interested in her.)

This blog has raised some awareness of women musicians who created music for dance, who wrote tunes we all know and whose work still holds value for early childhood music education.

Of course, many other women have composed music of all kinds. Is there one who resonates with you? Let me know by contacting me, and let me know whether you’d be willing to share your thoughts here on the MusiKinesis® blog.