Who was Fanny Hensel? Is that what I hear you asking?
Well! Hamburg-born Fanny Hensel (1805 – 1847) was the musically-gifted eldest sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn. Although she wrote about 500 musical compositions, she was not permitted to pursuit it professionally, largely due to the fact that her father believed that “Music should be an accomplishment, an adornment, and never a career for women.” Her brother was sneaky though, and published some of her songs under his own name!
This year celebrates her 210th birthday, and the Universität fur Musik und darstellende Kunst (MDW) Vienna is bringing recognition to her musical prowess through their ‘Raum für Fanny Hensel’ Project.
One part of the project was a composition prize, and today my colleagues and I gave the premiere performances of the works that made it into the final round of the competition! The finals took place as a Matinee Concert in the Fanny Hensel Hall at the MDW. Congratulations to the winner – Daniel Serrano Garcia, with his composition: “Mobile for Wind Quintet”.
The prize-concert also doubled as a CD presentation for a parallel Fanny Hensel project that the university has been doing. You can check out the trailer below!