When Fanny Mendelssohn was born, her mother, Lea, was reported to say she had "good Bach fingers." Lea went on to teach Fanny and her younger brother, Felix, how to play piano.
On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear from composers and performers who learned piano from their mothers before moving on to conservatories and other studies, in honor of Mother's Day.
Program PlaylistFanny Mendelssohn
The Year: August
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Iona Brown, conductor
Juvenilia: Allegro in F, Scherzo in D major, Waltz in G minor, Fugue in D major
Frederic Chiu, piano
Harmonia Mundi 907191
String Quartet no. 5, 4th movement
Yefim Bronfman, piano
First Rhapsody for Violin & Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasia in D minor
Glenn Gould, piano