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Clara Schumann’s Love of Schubert

(Originally published in The Schubertian, October 2021) It’s easy to overlook how important Franz Schubert’s music was in the life and career of Clara Schumann. She’s most famous for championing the works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, and for being the first to cement Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Chopin in the piano recital repertoire.…

What are Clara Schumann’s greatest works?

One of the most searched questions about Clara is… What are Clara Schumann’s best works? Because Clara was an epically self-critical composer, (famously so) she didn’t publish anything unless she knew it was good—damn good. Her standards were impossibly high, so it’s no exaggeration to say there’s greatness in all of Clara Schumann’s works. But…

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Clara Schumann

This post written in conjunction with research from Hensel Pushers. Composer and pianist, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Clara Wieck-Schumann had an uncanny amount in common. Their artistic lives worked in parallel during the 1830s and 40s, in separate cities without meeting until the last months of Hensel’s life. They promoted similarly undervalued repertoire, shared a deep…