Van Gogh's ear

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Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart

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Chopin: Letters From Majorca

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Emily DickInson: Herself to Her A Music

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Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders

March 23, 2005
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St.

Fanny Mendelssohn: Out Of Her Brother's Shadow

The career of Fanny Mendelssohn was a textbook example of the cultural and social constraints on the artistic development of women during the 19th century. A composer and performer of exceptional talent, Fanny lived most of her life in the shadow of her brother Felix, whose success as a composer severely handicapped Fanny’s own development. The correspondence between the siblings provides a striking testimony of their conflicts, aspirations, and mutual influence.

The program highlights Felix’s and Fanny’s remarkable compositional legacy and Fanny’s role as one of the most important salonnières of the Romantic period.


Written by Eve Wolf and Owen Lewis
Directed by Donald T. Sanders

January 19 & 20, 2005
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E. 65th St. 

Dora: A Case of Hysteria

In 1900, for a period of three months, Freud undertook the psychoanalysis of a seventeen year old named Dora. Caught in a web of intrigue and sexual abuse, Dora developed a number of hysteric symptoms and was brought for treatment. At the time, Freud himself was going through a period of self-doubt and disillusionment. Dora’s case reveals the repressive social milieu which permeated all aspects of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

With a script based on Freud’s Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, this program includes chamber and vocal works of Alma and Gustav Mahler, Erich Korngold, and Richard Strauss. Narration is based on Freud’s case history and correspondence.