Spring Songs | Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn

Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn

Dearest Fanny

Perhaps music will be Felix’s profession, whereas for you it can and must be an ornament, and never the fundamental bass line of your existence and activity. That is why ambition, and the desire to make the most of himself in circumstances he deems important, are forgivable, for he experiences it as a vocation. It is, however, no less to your credit that you have always shown your good heart and good sense at such moments, and the joy you manifest when Felix wins applause proves that you would have deserved it equally, had you been in his place. Persevere in these feelings and this attitude, for they are feminine and femininity alone is becoming in a woman.

> from a letter to Fanny from her father

Aubrey Beardsley - Caricature of  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Fanny Mendelssohn, sketch by Wilhelm Hensel

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