Clara Schumann

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Date of Birth September 13, 1819
Place of Birth Leipzig, Germany
Date of Death May 20, 1896 (76)
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Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann was a German pianist, composer and piano teacher. Regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era, she exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital from displays of virtuosity to programs of serious works. She also composed solo piano pieces, a piano concerto, chamber music, choral pieces, and songs. She grew up in Leipzig, where her father, Friedrich Wieck, was a professional pianist and teacher, and her mother an accomplished singer. She was a child prodigy, trained by her father. She began touring at age eleven, and was successful in Paris and Vienna, among other cities. She married composer Robert Schumann, and the couple had eight children. Together, they encouraged Johannes Brahms and maintained a close relationship with him. She premiered many works by her husband and by Brahms in public.

Born: Clara Josephine Wieck, September 13, 1819, Leipzig, German Confederation
Died: May 20, 1896, Frankfurt, German Empire
Occupation: Pianist, Composer, Piano teacher
Organization: Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium
Children: Eight
Parent(s): Friedrich Wieck, Mariane Wieck
Relatives: Marie Wieck (paternal half-sister), Woldemar Bargiel (maternal half-brother)
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About Clara Schumann

Greatly admired pianist of the Romantic era who had an influential 61-year concert career that revolutionized the piano recital.

Before Fame

She embarked on a concert tour throughout Europe in 1830 when she was 11. Attendance at her Paris stop was ruined by a cholera outbreak.

Achievement

She did not hold Franz Liszt or Richard Wagner in high esteem, believing Wagner's compositions to be horrible and repugnant.

Family Life

Her mother, Marianne Wieck, was a successful Leipzig singer, and her father, Friedrich, was a piano and voice teacher who monopolized his daughter's career.

Associations

She was married to legendary composer Robert Schumann.

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