Women and the Arts
“A woman’s place is to marry, have children, raise them and be with her husband. She has no time for music.”
Who said that? Abraham Mendelssohn, a wealthy Berlin banker; he has two children: Felix, who would become a great composer, and Fanny, who will have to silence his artistic ambitions, because in the father’s mind, only Felix must achieve glory, the place of a woman being to marry. It is understandable that at that time, the man decided, the woman, obliged to be a mother, to raise her children, slave of household chores, meals, subject to the husband, had much to do to create and flourish in an art like music. However, women, as well as men, develop the same artistic gifts, regardless of the arts: music, painting, sculpture… In the 19th century there were more than 1000 female composers!
UNITED ARTS CLUB
3, Fitzwilliam Street Upper
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 7.30 pm