June 14 & 15 | Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann
Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) was the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann (1819-1896) was the wife of Robert Schumann. Both women were talented and creative musicians and composers, but at a time when women were relegated to be good wives and mothers, leaving artistic and musical matters to men. This two-meeting seminar will open up eyes and ears to the wonderful music of Fanny and Clara, listening and judging it without prejudice, for its value and worth as artistic expression.
When: Two sessions, on Tuesday June 14, and Wednesday June 15, 2022, both days at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Duration: 2 hours per session
Cost: C$150 plus 13% HST (approx. US$120 plus 13% HST); all prices are per person
Group Size: 25-participant limit
How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are not recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.
All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.
Rick Phillips spent 30 years in the Music Department of CBC Radio, 14 of them as the host and producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada. Now he’s a busy writer, reviewer, speaker, teacher, music tour host and seminar leader at Toronto Pursuits. Rick has long loved the music by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, for its craft and strength in expressing ideas and emotion. Time to enjoy this music for what it is, regardless of the sex of the composer.
No pre-seminar preparation is required, but Rick encourages you to familiarize yourself with any music by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. Recordings are accessible online at www.Youtube.com, by typing their names into the YouTube search engine.
Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) was the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann (1819-1896) was the wife of Robert Schumann. Both women were talented and creative musicians and composers, but at a time when women were relegated to be good wives and mothers, leaving artistic and musical matters to men. And yet, throughout her brother Felix’s career, Fanny was his main critic and musical advisor, who nicknamed her Minerva, after the Roman Goddess of Wisdom. Some of Fanny’s songs were published under her brother’s name.
Robert Schumann also looked to his wife Clara for her musical insights and advice, as did Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) through most of his career. Robert wrote, “To have children, and a husband do not go together with composing. She cannot work at it regularly, and I am often disturbed to think how many profound ideas are lost because she is unable to work them out.”
Although we can never correct the wrongs of the past, this seminar will open up eyes and ears to the wonderful music of Fanny and Clara, listening and judging it without prejudice, for its value and worth as artistic expression, regardless of sex.
This seminar will be offered over two consecutive days, in a lecture format featuring recorded music, each session followed by a short Q & A/discussion segment. No need to read or write music is necessary.
“It must be a sign of talent that I do not give up, though I can get nobody to take an interest in my efforts.” –Fanny Mendelssohn
All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.
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