A belated premiere for Fanny Mendelssohn

An Easter Sonata, rediscovered in the 1970s and mistakenly attributed to her brother Felix, will be performed this Wednesday on BBC Radio 3 under its correct authorship.

Fanny Mendelssohn was banned by her father from composing for fear she might steal her brother’s limelight and then suffered greatly from discouraging remarks by her brother. It was only in the last years of her short life that she resumed composing with confidence.

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