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Clara Schumann (Composer)

Born: 13th September 1819, Leipzig, Germany

Died: 20th May 1896, Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: German

Clara Josephine 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 (her Op. 7), 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.

Further Reading: Schumann, Clara

 Recording of the Week, Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Clara Schumann

The 24-year-old pianist makes her debut on Decca with a bicentenary tribute to one of the nineteenth century’s most remarkable women, including the Piano Concerto which she completed at sixteen and premiered with Mendelssohn and the Gewandhausorchester.

 Interview, Isata Kanneh-Mason on Clara Schumann

The pianist talks to Katherine about her debut solo recording, released to commemorate Schumann's bicentenary this year.

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