Women classical composers – the November edition

Like most things historical, women are underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them, a few women wrote some exceptional classical music that survives to the present day. They deserve more exposure. So it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below is a female classical composer I have on my iPod right now, with song links for three songs.


Fanny Mendelssohn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Mendelssohn#/media/File:Fanny_Hensel_1842.jpg
Fanny Mendelssohn (source)

Fanny Mendelssohn (Nov 14, 1805) was a pianist and composed of over 450 pieces of music.

She is part of an accomplished family; sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, granddaughter of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. married to painter Wilhelm Hensel, and grandmother of philosopher Paul Hensel and mathematician Kurt Hensel.

Piano Sonata G minor – Allegro molto agitato

Notturno in G minor

Das Jahr












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