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Clara Schumann

Schumann, the wife of composer Robert Schumann, was a renowned pianist of her time. A child prodigy, she made her debut in 1830 and later performed with great success all over Europe. She was an outstanding interpreter of works by her husband and Johannes Brahms and was one of the first pianists to perform from memory. Her own compositions were mainly piano pieces and songs. Schumann supported her family financially and organized her own concert tours while also raising how many children? More...
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Clara Schumann dislike Liszt, becaused she was very jealous of Liszt's work.
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She had eight children, four of them and her husband died before she did,
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During their marriage, Clara was pregnant ten times and bore eight children: Marie, Elise, Julie, Emil, Ludwig, Ferdinand, Eugenie, and Felix. 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. Schumann encouraged Clara’s composing and contracted publishers for her, but made it clear that his creative work took priority over hers.

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.

http://www.musicacademyonline.com/composer/biographies.php?bid=51
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A remarkable woman. Even her jealousy befits her
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Is anyone amused by a jealous Michelle Obama? I am sure she loves him very much.Boo hoo!
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Alexander Lo wrote:
Clara Schumann dislike Liszt, becaused she was very jealous of Liszt's work.


Couldn't possibly disagree more.
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I read the excellent biography Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician a few years ago. What tragic lives Schumann and his wife led.
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Glad to see a famous woman every once in a while especially in music.
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What a tough old girl!
I loved the bit in the Character section:

In addition to raising her own large family, when one of her children became incapacitated, she took on responsibility for raising her grandchildren. During the May Uprising in Dresden in 1849, she famously walked into the city through the front lines, defying a pack of armed men who confronted her, rescued her children, then walked back out of the city through the dangerous areas again.
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She was portrayed onscreen by Katharine Hepburn in the 1947 film Song of Love.
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Her dealing with hardship and misfortune marked an extraordinary character, indeed. And just as well, since she and her family had plenty to contend with.

Every time we read of such lives-- assaulted by fate and coping with bad luck-- many of us could feel ashamed at our sheltered, ordinary existence, and yet wringing our hands
when a small trial befalls.
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I did'n know Robert Schumann had a wife.
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