Sunday Series presents: Clara Schumann
I don’t know how many of you are classical music lovers, but even if you aren’t partial you may have heard of Robert Schumann. Schumann is widely regarded as one of the most influential and talented composers of the Romantic era (1815-1910), but his wife, Clara, remains relatively unknown to the general public (and wasn’t a familiar name to yours truly until music history studies in college).
Clara was a child prodigy, embarking on piano concert tours with her teacher-father and impressing the likes of Goethe, Paganini, Liszt, and Chopin. From childhood until mid-thirties she produced a large body of work, aided by her husband in the beginning but later developing into a talented composer in her own right. After marrying Robert and giving birth to eight children she stepped away from composing, taking on more financial responsibilities and supporting her family by teaching and giving concert tours. Clara’s legacy…
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