| Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's piano cycle ”Das Jahr” (The Year) was completed in December 1841. At the age of thirty-six, Fanny succeeded in producing a major piano composition, which dramatically expanded the scope of the small-scale piano pieces she had hitherto composed.
In the spring of 1840 Fanny wrote to her sister Rebecka: ”I have composed a lot recently and I have named the short piano pieces after my favourite places. Some of the pieces came into my mind whilst I was in the places themselves, others were composed whilst reflecting memories of wonderful excursions. Henceforth the cycle will be a pleasant souvenir, a kind of second diary.”
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