Beginning in the last quarter of the twentieth century however, her stature as a composer finally became recognized. Still, she cannot by any reasonable measure be ranked as a major composer, owing in great part to her relatively small output.
The Artist and the Woman by Nancy B. Reich Suggested The Great Composers: Robert Schumann Clara Schumann In an era when women, apart from singers, almost never performed in public or composed, Clara Schumann did both.
Unfortunately, her own compositions remained unknown until the second half of the twentieth century. Many are still unpublished and owned by private collectors, so we still cannot appreciate the full extent of her compositional achievements.
Her father, Friedrich Wieck, studied theology in school but made his career in music. After concluding his studies, he settled in Leipzig where he taught piano, opened an instrument-selling business, and began a music lending library.
He soon gained a reputation as a first-rate piano teacher and he even taught his future wife Marianne, whom he married inand his future son-in-law, Robert Schumann.
When Clara was five, Wieck and Marianne divorced after eight years of marriage. Clara and her four brothers became the legal property of their father.
Marianne remarried and moved to Berlin, limiting contact with her daughter to letters and intermittent visits. She studied piano with her father and violin, theory, and various areas of composition with the best teachers in Leipzig, Dresdenand Berlin.
Career as a Virtuoso Pianist Inat the age of nine, Clara performed for the first time in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and made her formal debut at the age of eleven. During this time, Friedrich sometimes behaved cruelly towards her, but Clara considered his strictness a blessing because it made her a more solid musician.
Clara was one of the few pianists of her time to perform music from memory. In addition, not only did she promote her own compositions, but she also introduced the works of other major composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico ScarlattiLudwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Robert Schumann.
Due to a self-inflicted injury to his right hand, Schumann was the only composer of piano music among his contemporaries who did not perform in public, so Clara took on this task for him, beginning at the age of twelve, when she gave the first performance of his piano work Papillons in In his view, Robert Schumann was simply another unknown composer, while his daughter was already a famous and accomplished performer.
Wieck loathed the idea of Clara, the supreme achievement of his life, marrying someone who he considered beneath her. In order to limit contact between the two, Wieck sent Clara, then seventeen, to Dresden and broke off all ties with his former pupil.
Clara was kept on a hectic performance schedule with some tours lasting up to seven months. For years, she was torn between the father she revered and the man that she loved. While she was touring, Clara and Schumann wrote to each other secretly through an intermediary.
The couple faced resistance from Wieck after announcing their plans to marry. Since Clara was still underage, Schumann turned to the courts in order to force Wieck into consenting, but Wieck countered with charges against Schumann, claiming everything from financial irresponsibility to alcoholism.
After nearly a year of legal battles, the court sanctioned the marriage. Clara and Schumann wed on September 12,one day before her twenty-first birthday and settled in Leipzig. Four years later, inSchumann experienced a severe breakdown and the couple moved to Dresden at the recommendation of his doctors.
During their marriage, Clara was pregnant ten times and bore eight children: Even with such a large family, Clara continued to perform, compose, and teach piano, while at the same time she supported Robert and his career.
On the surface, the relationship seemed to be confining, but it proved to be quite beneficial for her as well as for him. Clara arranged many of his instrumental works for piano and performed them during her concert tours.
Conversely, he paid homage to her compositional efforts by including many quotations from her works in his. As the years passed, Robert suffered from increasing mental illness and eventually attempted suicide in by throwing himself into the Rhine.
Fishermen pulled him out of the icy water before it was too late. He entered a sanatorium in Endenich near Bonn. Because his doctors considered him to be dangerous, they forbid Clara to visit him for the two-and-a-half years he was there.Clara Wieck Schumann was a distinguished German musician and composer of the Romantic era.
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He is remembered as the teacher of his daughter, Clara, a child prodigy who was undertaking international concert tours by age eleven and who later married her father's pupil Robert Schumann, in defiance of her father's extreme.
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