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Final Project- Clara Schumann

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Clara Schumann 1819-1896 "Queen of the Piano" "Romantic Girl" 3 Romances for the Violin & Piano Prelude and Fugue op. 6, no.3 Soirees Musicale Scherzo no. 1, op. 10 Childhood Performance Born Clara Josephine Wieck on September 13, 1819 to Friedrich and Marianne Wieck in Leipzig, Germany Clara's parents divorced when she was five
years old. She would remain with her
father. He was a well known piano
teacher and quickly noticed Clara's
talent. He began crafting her talent,
however her general education
was neglected. "Composing gives me great pleasure.....there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of
self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a
world of sound." At nineteen, Clara wrote "Scherzo, Op. 10.
Audiences liked her virtuoso music, as well
as the Presto, Scherzo con passione tempo
(Very fast, Scherzo with passion). This piece highlighted her outstanding abilities as
a pianist. She was one of the finest pianist
of her day and was often referred to as the
"Queen of the Piano." Clara did not speak until she was 4 years old. Her parents were afraid she was deaf. It wasn't until she responded to the melodies her father played that they realized she did not have a hearing problem. Clara gave her first public concert at the age of 11 in Liepzig, Germany "A woman must not desire to be a composer, not one has done it, and
why should I expect to?" In her words.... Clara's music was typical of the Romantic era. She wrote pieces that were personal and for her to perform. Her most successful pieces were written before she was twenty. She composed some
twenty three pieces 3 Romances
for
Violin & Piano Scherzo, Op. 10 Soirees Musicale Romantic Era Extraordinary Op. 6 - No. 2 Notturno Op. 6 - No. 1 Toccatina Op. 6 - No. 3 Mazurka Op. 6 - No. 4 Ballade Clara performed in public
for the first time at the
age of 9 Brillant Exceptional Love Clara fell in love with one of her father's piano student's when she was sixteen years old. His name was Robert Alexander Schumann. Clara's father did not approve of the match because he felt that Robert was unsuitable. Robert Schumann was also a composer, but not as well known as Clara at the time. Clara's father also did not like his reputation as a womanizer. In addition, Robert was rumored to suffer from severe depression. Mr. Wieck believed that Clara was being courted by a man beneath her. In order to keep them apart, he booked Clara an extensive tour. Not good enough......... Forbidden love Despite her father's wishes, Clara stayed in contact with Robert. They decided to marry. Her father opposed the marriage and because she was underage he was able to keep them apart. However, once she was of legal age, Clara and Robert married. Robert and Clara had a very happy marriage and they had eight children together. Robert eventually became a well-known composer and composed about 150 songs, many after his marriage to Clara. Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4
in D minor, Op. 120 Clara continued to perform piano concerts after her marriage, but she never composed again. Her family life was very demanding, including dealing with the bouts of mental illness that Robert suffered from. Clara practiced at night to keep up her skills and her career was successful despite the demands of her family. Clara's variations on a theme of Robert's Op. 20 Robert eventually died in an insane asylum and left Clara a widow at the age of 37. Clara was devastated because she deeply loved her husband. Clara would never marry again, but she did develop a strong attraction to Robert's protege, Johannes Brahms. Clara and Brahms admired each other greatly, but were only close friends. Clara would spend the rest of her life giving concerts. She became internationally famous for her piano concerts, however she never returned to composing. A life well lived..... Clara Weick Schumann died on
May 20, 1896. She left behind
an outstanding body of work and
a legacy of musical genious.
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