Instrumental Music



Organ pieces for her wedding: prelude and postlude

First publications

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The genesis of the organ pieces collected here is directly associated
with Fanny�s wedding to Wilhelm Hensel.

Prelude F-Dur for organ 1829
(Elke Mascha Blankenburg)
First publication

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First publication of the music Fanny Hensel wrote for her own wedding. Première: 1829.
„This is Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn‘s only extant work for organ, a wedding march composed on the occasion of her rnarriage. (Felix Mendelssohn was supposed to have composed a march for the wedding, but was prevented from doing so because of an accident.) While the significance of the occasion obviously lends great interest to the piece its functional value is probably limited since it lacks the essential characteristic of most wedding marches nowadays, that is the ability to be either extended indefinitely or cut at will. But the piece is quite solid harmonically, and well written for the hands and feet. ... The interesting harmony strokes – opening periods beginning with tonic sevenths, and bold sequences of inverted chords – unfortunately lack any great melodic ingredient, and the rhythm, in one section, plods along in breves and semibreves. The piece is one in an ambitious series by Furore-Verlag devoted to the complete unpublished works of Hensel.”
(The American Organist 1998)

Präludium G-Dur for organ 1829
(arrangement of the fragment: Ronald Herrmann-Lubin)
First publication

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The fragmentary “Prelude in G Major” is undoubtedly also connected with Fanny Hensel’s wedding ceremony in some way or the other, but was probably composed at a later point under the impression of the success of the two other pieces. In contrast to these other pieces the strength of form of the young composer can easily be recognized.

Prelude F-Dur for organ and 1-2 trumpets  1829
(arr: Harald Pfeiffer)

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The arrangement presented here has two trumpet parts added to the original organ piece. The organ part were left unchanged, and the trumpet parts were derived from the organ setting. The use of trumpets gives this effective piece of wedding music even more brilliance.



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