Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso

by Susanna Reich

When Clara Wieck was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1819 her father, who was an acclaimed... read more

When Clara Wieck was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1819 her father, who was an acclaimed piano teacher, announced his intentions to make her the best pianist in the entire world. From the time she was a small child, she spent hours practicing every day and by age nine she was ready for her professional debut. While she was still a child, she met another gifted musician, Robert Schumann, whom she would one day marry. Her life, defined by music, has also been well documented, including here own diary that was started when Clara was seven years old. This meticulously researched biography is based mostly on primary documents: letters, diaries, concert programs, and newspapers from Schumann’s own time. (Age 11 and older)

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