The declamation in Fanny Hensel’s Lieder has garnered a considerable amount of attention in the relatively small body of analytical writing on her works, for example, in articles and chapters by Gisela Müller, Gesine Schröder, Lars Korten et al., Yonatan Malin, and Stephen Rodgers. The consensus among these scholars is that Hensel was attentive to declamation, both in terms of correct accentuation and in terms of expressiveness. Herald Krebs (University of Victoria) recent work on her song autographs at the Mendelssohn Archive of the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek in Berlin provides substantial evidence for her meticulous, yet creative approach to declamation.
Harald discusses and performs (with Sharon Krebs, soprano) numerous relevant song excerpts and complete songs, most of them unpublished and previously unheard.
Part of the Music Research Seminar Series 2018.