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.
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann: MarieEliseJulieEmilLudwigFerdinandEugenieFelix Serre, Goethe, Lyser, and Burns translated by Gerhard. Rather than exalting their creativity, this practice gives the impression that women composers need special assistance, that their music is inferior, and that they require affirmative action.
Instead, their music should be allowed to stand on its own, freely mingled with music of men composers, especially their colleagues: Only then will the discerning listener be able to objectively assess the imagination and craft of each composer, and praise the genius of those worthy.
A fascinating comparison can be made of the music by Robert and Clara Schumann, who were both pianists and composers. Though Clara's ambitions as a concert pianist and composer were hindered by the responsibilities of family life, Robert encouraged her to compose. Their musical interaction was intense, as they studied symphony scores together, shared reactions to performances, and read similar literature.
On the day following their wedding, Robert gave a new diary to Clara for her birthday, recommending that they write and exchange the diary weekly, so that each could pen reflections on music they had heard, projects they were working on, people they had met and dined with, and any personal notes to the other that spoken words could not express.
They continued this diary for several years. Today it serves as an intimate narrative of the lives of two artists, and in its recent English translation, provides us with a detailed chronicle of their creative offspring.
Around the same time, during the year of his most productive songwriting he wrote overRobert suggested that Clara join him in composing a group of songs and publish them intermingled.
She began by writing Am Strande, and gave it to him as a gift for Christmas, Robert secretly had the 12 songs printed in two volumes and presented them to Clara on their first anniversary, September 12, Robert's songs were assigned to his Opus 37, and Clara's three contributions comprise her Opus 12, numbers 2, 4, and The resultant list of songs looks confusing: Robert's songs show tremendous variety in shape and quality, and seem more experimental, especially in his response to the words.
Clara's songs in this set are either simple and heartfelt, or dramatic displays of piano virtuosity. Her expression of text is direct but full of nuance.
Robert and Clara selected quite distinct poems for their songs. Clara chose poems of devotion and passion uniquely from a woman's perspective; Robert preferred poetry full of metaphor, vivid imagery, and classical themes, but likewise revealing a man's viewpoint.
As they alternate, the songs reflect the conversation found in the diary itself, an intimate and touching dialogue of two loving and creative souls.Start studying Clara Wieck. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
Clara Schumann, née Clara Josephine Wieck, (born Sept. 13, , Leipzig, Saxony [Germany]—died May 20, , Frankfurt am Main, Ger.), German pianist, composer, and wife of composer Robert Schumann..
Encouraged by her father, she studied piano from the age of five and by had established a reputation throughout Europe as a child prodigy. View the profiles of people named Clara Wieck.
Join Facebook to connect with Clara Wieck and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to. Clara Wieck Schumann was a distinguished German musician and composer of the Romantic era.
This biography of Clara Wieck Schumann provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & schwenkreis.com Of Birth: Leipzig.
Johann Gottlob Friedrich Wieck (18 August – 6 October , aged 88) was a noted German piano teacher, voice teacher, owner of a piano store, and music reviewer.
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. Clara Wieck Schumann was a major female figure among the German Romantics as a pianist, composer, and muse to Schumann and Brahms.
Clara Wieck Schumann has often been misleadingly referred to as the wife of composer Robert Schumann, and as one of the leading pianists of her day, rather than as a.