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The Songs of Fanny Hensel

Stephen Rodgers


Fanny Hensel is arguably the most gifted female composer of the nineteenth century—a composer of over 450 works, including 249 songs, who created some of the most pathbreaking music of her era. As much as Hensel has finally moved out from behind the shadow of her more famous brother, however, and as much as we now know about her life, there is one aspect of this astonishing composer that still remains understudied: her music. This book focuses on Hensel’s contributions to the genre of song, the art form that she said “suits her best,” where her gifts as a composer are especially evident. Its t ... More

Keywords: Book, Fanny Hensel, song, Lied, music analysis, music theory, musicology, women composers, nineteenth-century music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190919566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190919566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Rodgers, editor
Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance