German Romantics: Fanny is based on Op. 10 by composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). The poetry of Op. 10, written by Romantic-era poets Nikolaus Lenau, Emanuel Geibel, and Joseph von Eichendorff, describes a pastoral journey. As the protagonist pauses under the evening sky, birds begin their migration southward. The reflection of stars dot the stream’s surface, and the protagonist follows her path into the mountains. Our film tells the story of a wanderer, historically male, but here a woman. She sets out into the unknown to chart her own course, rejecting the anxieties and strictures that have held her back.
Starring NYC-based soprano Kristin Young, German Romantics: Fanny also features appearances by sopranos Noelle McMurtry and Hannah Alexandra. Additionally, this series features poetry by Atabey, a Dominicana Bronx-based poet.
For the setting of this pastoral journey, we also partner with the gorgeous Olana State Historic Site, home to painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). This sprawling 250-acre estate was designed by Frederic Church (1826-1900) with panoramic views of the Hudson River valley.