Clara Schumann (1819–1896)

How to say the name:

‘Schumann’ is said like Shoe-man. ‘Clara’ is said like ‘Clar-ra’ (like ‘Car-ra’, but with an ‘l’).

Clara Schumann in old age

Born:

13th September 1819 in Leipzig, Germany.

Died:

20th May 1896 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Buried:

Alter Friedhof (Old Cemetery) in Bonn, Germany (in the same grave as her husband, Robert Schumann—see the Robert Schumann page for a picture of the grave).

Type of Music:

Classical music from the romantic period.

Some of Her Best pieces:
  • Piano Concerto. (See below for a video.)
  • Piano Trio Op. 17 (See the composers page for a video.)
  • Several songs.
Some interesting facts:
  • She is one of the very few women composers from a long time ago that most musicians have heard of.
  • She was born Clara Wieck (said like ‘Veek’).
  • He father, Friedrich Wieck, was a famous piano teacher.
  • She married the composer Robert Schumann, although her father didn’t want her to.
  • She was a very good piano player (pianist).
  • She has had a great effect on the way piano concerts are done. For example, she was one of the first pianists to play music from memory.
  • She earned most of the money in the Schumann household (very unusual at the time!). She did this by playing the piano and teaching.
  • Brahms was in love with her. He even looked after her children while she played at concerts!
  • She had a lot of sadness in her life. Her husband died many years before her, and four of her eight children died before her as well.
  • After her husband died, she mainly played his pieces at concerts.
  • She composed nothing after the age of 36. In later life she said, “I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose—there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?”. Don’t you think this is so sad? :-(

Here is a video of the beginning of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto (I couldn’t find a video where you can see musicians playing this music).

First movement of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Op. 7

And here is a video of a very beautiful Romance for violin and piano by Clara Schumann.

Clara Schumann’s Romance Op. 22 No. 1

There is another video of music by Clara Schumann on the following page:

Picture credits:
  1. Clara Schumann. This photograph is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
  2. Clara Schumann in old age. This photograph is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
Video credits:
  1. Clara Schumann Pianoconcerto in A minor, Op. 7 – Allegro maestoso. Clara (Wieck) Schumann Pianoconcerto in A minor, Op. 7 – first movement, Allegro maestoso. Unknown performers.
  2. Vladimir Tsypin (violin) and Patricia Vila (piano): Romance Opus 22 #1. The person who posted this on YouTube simple writes: Clara Schumann (1819-1896).

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alexandria Miller 15th March 2012

i love clara im doing her for a bio project.i wanted a person invloded with music.clara just stood out

2 emily 2nd August 2012

IM DOING CLARA SCHUMANN FOR A RESEARCH AND SHE JUST POPS INTO MIND WHEN I THINKED ABOUT MUSICIANS

3 Luke Eveleigh 13th September 2012

This music was very good, and it is good to keep history alive for as long as possible.

4 Rian 21st December 2012

I did a report on this.. :)

5 Grace 24th February 2013

I am so happy and proud to be doing Clara for my music report

6 lindsey grant 28th March 2013

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7 ur mom 9th April 2013

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8 melssa98 16th April 2013

thanks for all the information will you put more information on here please

9 Malcolm Pullan 16th April 2013

Thank you for your comment. You can find out more information about Clara Schumann from Wikipedia: click here.

10 lindsey grant 16th April 2013

thanks

11 amelia 23rd April 2013

thank u im doing a living history musuem and im doinng her and she is a great pianist and i wish i had one of kids number and thank u this website did so much for me

12 kamiya 5th November 2013

this is a composer

13 Samantha 6th May 2014

I am Doing a project about her for music class

14 Amelia H. 1st June 2014

Thank you so much! i couldnt find her anywhere and i finally found her on here! this is the most informational and helpful website thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!

15 Rylee 23rd September 2014

Thx I’m doing a PowerPoint about her in music class thx soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much love ya <3

16 Angie 7th November 2014

i am doing her in my music class. Almost every composer is a boy so i wanted to do a girl for a change
thank you!

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