11-14 TABLE of CONTENTS:
QUOTE by Marie de France.
Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn
Born Nov. 14, 1805, Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn (Hensel), a brilliant composer but an obedient daughter so we'll never know how much was her brother's work and how much Fanny's. Her early works were published under Felix's name because of family opposition to a woman being notorious, i.e, having any name or reputation of her own. It is believed much of her work is unknown and unpublished although there are a number of works recognized as hers and that were published under her name after her marriage.
Felix said he often consulted with Fanny on his own compositions. Queen Victoria once sang the very popular Halien in Felix's presence thinking it was his composition, but he admitted that Fanny had written it. Oddly, Felix's music remains a part of the modern orchestral repertory, but Fanny is only a footnote.
11-14 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and EVENTS
B. 11-14-1813, Louise Van der Schrieck, superior-provincial of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who oversaw the starting of about 50 parochial schools in the early U,S.
B. 11-14-1860, Isabel Bevier founded and headed the Home Economics Department of the University of Illinois.
B. 11-14-1876, Yekaterina Vasilyevna Geltzer, prima ballerina who helped preserve the techniques and traditions of the Imperial Russian Ballet in the bad times following the Russian Revolution.
B. 11-14-1884, Camille A. Gutt, international banker, headed the International Monetary Fund 1946-51.
B. 11-14-1885, Constance Mayfield Rourke, author and critic, renowned authority and preservationist of folk tales, music, and traditions.
B. 11-14-1907, Astrid Lindgren, Swedish writer primarily of children's books.
B. 11-14-1930, Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink, British sculptor best known for her naturalistic figures in monumental size.
Event 11-14-1984, a $38 million settlement was announced in the class action suit against A. H. Robbin's Dalkon Shield. Robbin's agreed to pay to have the intrauterine device removed. Robbin's, almost six months later, established a multi-million dollar fund to compensate women who were injured while using the Dalkon Shield. A number of deaths were reported attributable to the device.
QUOTES DU JOUR
De FRANCE, MARIE:
"Indeed, I condemned myself when I slandered all womankind."
-- Marie de France (1160-1215?), from the poem, Le Fresne,The Ash Tree.
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