Facsimile Das Jahr / The Year


12 character pieces for the piano 1841

Facsimile of the illustrated fair copy with illustrations by Wilhelm Hensel
Owned by the Mendelssohn Archives at the National Library in Berlin

128 pages, thread-stitching, 4-color print
fue 8920    ISBN 3-927327-44-1    Euro 88,00   order


German Music Publishing Price in the category „Facsimile“


The unique aesthetic design which Fanny and Wilhelm Hensel gave their fair copy of the piano cycle ‘The Year’, makes us suddenly aware how rigorously our usual note editions are confined to the presentation of the mere note text. When you open the fair copy of the piano cycle ‘The Year’, you will not only see notes representing tones and sounds, but also words, pictures and colors which are supposed to relate to each other. The fair copy is a small, private and unique work comprising various art forms in one book, though its main focus is unmistakably music, the character piece, the song without words. Perhaps the combination of music, vignettes, lyric epigraphs and colorful paper has such a charming effect because it allows for a „multi-media“ perception that is appropriate to the genre of the lyric piano piece, that
complements this small chamber-music form in an unpretentious manner and „clings“ to it elegantly (not only in a literal sense as depicted in the illustrations.“

The publishing company Furore Verlag celebrates the 200 anniversary of Fanny Hensel with a jubilee edition featuring the facsimile print of an illustrated autograph of Fanny Hensel’s piano cycle ‘The Year’, 12 Character Pieces for Fortepiano, which was only recently made accessible to the public and is probably Fanny Hensel’s most adopted work. The fair copy illustrated by Wilhelm Hensel was purchased by the Mendelssohn Archives in 1997, and experts have referred to it ever since as a „magnificent“ edition (Eleonore Büning in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
And rightly so.

In addition to vignettes and an extraordinarily beautiful notation, there is a short poetic introduction to each month’s piece. This romantic “multi-media” work of art made by Fanny and Wilhelm Hensel will appeal not only to lovers of graphic beauty or people feeling at home in the 19th century. It will also be a useful source of inspiration and an interpretation aid for pianists.
 

From the Prefaces
„When you open the fair copy of the piano cycle The Year, you will not only see notes representing tones and sounds, but  also words, pictures and colors which are supposed to relate to each other. The fair copy is a small, private and unique „multi-media“ work of art in book form, though its main focus is unmistakably music, the character piece, the song without words. Perhaps the combination of music, vignettes, lyric epigraphs and colorful paper has such a charming effect because it allows for a „multi-media“ perception that is appropriate to the genre of the lyric piano piece, that complements this small chamber-music form in an unpretentious manner and „clings“ to it elegantly (not only in a literal sense as depicted in the illustrations).“)
Christian Thorau
 


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