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Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel

(1805- 1847)

Fanny Mendelssohn (14 November 1805 – 14 May 1847),[1] later Fanny [Cäcilie] Mendelssohn Bartholdy and, after her marriage, Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer. She was the granddaughter of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Her compositions include a piano trio and several books of solo piano pieces and songs. A number of her songs were originally published under her brother, Felix Mendelssohn's, name in his opus 8 and 9 collections. 

Fanny showed prodigious musical ability as a child and began to write music. Visitors to the Mendelssohn household in the early 1820s were equally impressed by both siblings. Despite the attitudes towards women during her lifetime, she composed over 460 pieces of music.

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