Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott will perform Fanny Mendelssohn’s complete cycle of piano pieces entitled Das Jahr (1841) at the Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm. The recital is free and open to the public.
The January 22 program features a major work from one of the most important composers of the nineteenth century, Fanny Hensel (1805-1847). As with many women composers of that time, few of her works were published during her lifetime, and only within the past 30 years have musicians come to realize her great talent. Her most ambitious work for piano, Das Jahr, was only published in 1989, 150 years after it was written, and this recital is a rare opportunity to hear the complete work. Each of the twelve months of the year is set in music and poetry to form a dairy of her life in 1839-1840, when she felt the high point of her musical life in Rome, as well as the frustration of a thwarted professional life in her native city of Berlin.