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Clara Schumann's Timeline
Transcript of Clara Schumann's Timeline
Her parents were divorced and she lived with her father.
She started taking piano lessons at 5 and at the age of 8 she performed at the Leipzig home of Dr. Ernst Carus.
At 14, she started composing the Piano Concerto in A Minor and completed and performed it at the age of 16.
At the age of 18, Clara Wieck performed a series of recitals in Vienna
- Born on the 13 September in Leipzig.
- At the age of eight, Clara Wieck performed at the Leipzig home of Dr. Ernst Carus.
- On November 8, at the age of 11, Clara Schumann gave her first public concert.
- Clara Wieck performed a series of recitals in Vienna from December.
- Clara Wieck married Robert Schumann on 12 September.
- After the death of her husband, Robert Schumann Clara committed herself completely to the interpretation of her husband’s works.
- Concerts were held at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to celebrate golden jubilee of Clara’s performing career.
- She was appointed teacher of piano at the “Hoch Conservatory” in “Frankfurt am Mainin.”
- On March 12, Clara Schumann played
her last public concert.
- On May 20, Clara Schumann
Musician & Composer
13 September 1819
20 May 1896
Place Of Death:
Frankfurt, German Empire
Emil, Marie, Elise, Julie, Ludwig, Ferdinand, Eugenie, Felix
In her teens, Clara fell in love with Robert Schumann, who was one of her father’s piano students, and later became one of the most prominent composers of the 19th century.
Schumann was 9 years older than Clara and had been living in the Wieck household as a piano student and boarder.
Robert had a mental collapse, attempted suicide in 1854, and was committed to an insane
asylum for the last two
years of his life.
Clara and Robert embarked
on a musical life together. She
was mainly a concert pianist
whereas Robert was a composer.
Clara started to support her family through concerts and teaching due to her husband's mental instability.
Her pianistic gifts were held in high esteem, which many considered to be equal or even superior to those of
Liszt. For Clara, music was her refuge, which made
her sustain the rigors of her concert career that
spanned over 60 years.
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann was an immensely talented German musician, one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era.
After Robert's death on July 29, 1856, Clara committed herself completely to the interpretation of her husband’s works.
She was appointed teacher of piano at the “Hoch Conservatory” in “Frankfurt am Mainin”. There she made immense contribution towards the improvement of modern piano playing technique.
Concerts were held to celebrate the
golden jubilee of Clara's
played her last public
concert in Frankfurt.
She was suffering from rheumatism, and was consequently prescribed opium.
Clara Schumann suffered a stroke in March 1896.
When she was on her deathbed, she demanded her grandson Ferdinand to play her husband's F-sharp major romance, which was the last music Clara Schumann heard.
On May 20, 1896, Clara Schumann
9 Caprices en forme de valse, 1832.
Romance variée (C major), 1833.
Valses romantiques, 1833.
6 Soirées musicales: 1 (A minor) Toccatina; 2 (F Major) Notturno; 3 (G minor) Mazurka; 4 (D minor) Ballade; 5 (G major) Mazurka; 6 (A minor) Polonaise 1836.
Concerto (A minor): 1 Allegro maestoso; 2 Romanze
Andante non troppo con grazia, 1836.
Impromptu (G major) "Souvenir de Vienne", 1838.
Scherzo #1 (D minor), 1839.
3 songs: • Lorelei, 1843.
weh des Scheidens, das er tat, 1843.
It can be concluded that her works were a result of the the agony of Robert Schumann’s attempted suicide and his eventual death, and the deaths of four of their eight children.