Clara Schumann

German pianist, composer and piano teacher Clara Wieck was born in Leipzig on 13 September 1819 to musicians, and became a child prodigy, learning piano from the age of four, and making her Leipzig Gewandhaus debut at nine, on 28 October 1828.

She is known as one of the most influential pianists of the Romantic period, as a composer, and for marrying Robert Schumann, with whom she had eight children. Her career was limited by that of her husband, and by household duties.

After Robert Schumann's death she continued to play in public into the 1880s, and taught piano in Frankfurt, including to international students. She also edited Robert Schumann's work for publication.

Clara Schumann died in Frankfurt on 20 May 1896, aged seventy-six, and was buried beside her husband in Bonn.

A selection of articles about Clara Schumann

Ensemble. A Veritable Cat's Cradle - Mike Wheeler listens to Robert and Clara Schumann, Chopin, Grieg and Cheryl Frances-Hoad, played by British pianist Tom Poster

Ensemble. Satisfyingly Unexpected - Mike Wheeler listens to Grieg, Clara Schumann, Kodály and Mozart from Frank Zielhorst and Sinfonia Viva

Ensemble. Woman for all Seasons - Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia

Young Genius - George Colerick investigates the emotional life of Johannes Brahms in his twenties

CD Spotlight. Ready Solace - Brahms piano music, heard by Robert Anderson. '... Atzinger is at his best ...'

Ensemble. Inspired Artistry - The Israel Piano Trio at London's Wigmore Hall, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

New Year Blues - A roundup of recent London concerts by Bill Newman

Passport to Heaven - Bill Newman listens to the Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina

Ensemble. Orchestral Firepower - Lawrence Budmen sends his final report from the 2010 Tanglewood Festival

Ensemble. Crisp and Energetic - Ilya Gringolts, Sinfonia Viva and André de Ridder, heard by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Imagination and Strength - Celebrating the Mendelssohn anniversary at Mannes College, reported by Anna L Franco

Ensemble. A Sparkling Account - The Kanazawa-Admony Piano Duo pays tribute to Carola Grindea, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

Rare Talent - Young Concert Artists Trust recitals, reviewed by Bill Newman

Ensemble. Dangers Transcended - A concert by Trio Albonata, enjoyed by Gordon Rumson

CD Spotlight. Positively Inspirational - Jennifer Koh plays Schumann, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... superbly accomplished performances ...'

CD Spotlight. Clara's Karma? - 150 years' postponement in publication of Clara Schumann's piano sonata, investigated by Jennifer Paull. '... Karen Kushner brings welcomed light ...'

Provocative thoughts, from Patric Standford - Sacrifice

CD Spotlight. Variable sonorities - Reacting to Chopin and Schumann, by Robert Anderson. '... some moments might well have caused Chopin to block his ears and flee across the Channel ...'

Robert and Clara - Major piano works of the Schumanns. Martino Tirimo in recital, with Malcolm Miller

CD Spotlight - Absolutely idiomatic. '... his expressiveness is faultless.' Schumann's Dichterliebe and other Heine settings, with Peter Dale

 

 

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