• Fanny the Other Mendelssohn
    Composers,  Films

    Fanny Mendelssohn’s Legacy Unveiled: New Documentary Explores the Life of a Pioneering Composer

    Composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn, a luminary of the 19th century, is finally stepping out from the shadows of her more renowned brother, Felix. In a groundbreaking documentary, Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn, her extraordinary life, musical contributions, and enduring legacy come to life through her own words. Directed by her great-great-great-granddaughter, Sheila Hayman, and featuring pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the film provides a fresh perspective on Fanny’s formidable journey. Also featured in the documentary are my former colleagues from my time as a curator at Duke, Professor R. Larry Todd, and Dr. Angela Mace, who, as a graduate student, discovered an autograph manuscript that proved the Easter Sonata, long attributed to…