Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn is a revelatory new feature documentary starring award-winning pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March may be one of the best-known classical composition of all time, but Felix was not the only genius in the family. His sister Fanny was also a talented composer, equal to any of her contemporaries, male or female. Technically brilliant and boldly groundbreaking, today Fanny’s music is beginning to get the recognition it deserves.
Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata was first recorded in 1971, and was presumed to be the work of Felix. In an amazing plot twist, however, portrayed beautifully in this extraordinary film, it has since been proven to be Fanny’s own piano masterpiece, written when she was only 22.
Directed by the unheralded composer’s great great great granddaughter, this film is as moving as it is joyous. This is the story of a very modern woman – who just happened to live 200 years ago.
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