PREMIERE: German Romantics: Fanny
Art Song, Romantic, Women's Voices, Lieder, BIPOC Voices
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.