Clara Wieck's Concerto: The Glowing Story Of Clara Schumann

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Register to read the introduction… In the year 1828, Clara gave her first professional performance, playing many songs from memory, along with one of her own compositions (Harding, 21). In fact, by age 11, Clara had performed several times in Leipzig and was beginning to grow in popularity. However, it wasn’t until 1830 when young Clara gave her first solo concert, which prompted her father to organize an extended tour to across Europe, most notably in Paris and Berlin (Charlton, 172). When she was 12, Clara had composed enough songs to publish a book of her own compositions, after writing her first composition entitled “swans come gliding” earlier that same year (Harding, 26-27). In the year 1836, when Clara was 16, she wrote her Concerto with Orchestra in A Minor, with the assistance of one of her father’s students, Robert Schumann, her future husband (Charlton, 172). This piece would premiere on November 9th of that year (Harding, 42). By the time she was 17, Clara was a sought out pianist and was still going on tours across Europe (Harding, 44). The early success that Clara found with her father’s teaching prepared the young musician to make her own choices and make her own mark on the musical …show more content…
In fact, she went on one of her first tours just five months after the first of eight children was born (Kreader, 7). At first, she toured for pleasure but after Robert tried to take his own life and was put in a mental asylum, Clara went touring to help pay for the medical bills that were piling up (Kreader, 7). Interestingly, even though she had cut all ties with her father, it was Wieck who saved Clara’s family from poverty during those years. When he had first taken Clara on tour, he had taught her the necessary information about how to make and invest money from touring (Harding, 13). If she had not learned those things, it would have been impossible for the family to have enough money to have the necessary items needed for survival. After Robert died, Clara continued to tour to help keep food on the table for her seven children (Kreader, 7). She made several tours to Europe and even Russia (Charlton, 174). During these tours, Clara began to champion Robert’s works as well as her close friend, Brahms, who she became very close to after Robert’s death (Suskind, 828). Though the public did not often understand his music, Clara loved to play Robert’s music after his death, as a way to keep his memory alive (Gould, 68). Combined with other composers and performers, Clara’s insistence on playing serious music changed the way music was viewed toward the end of the romantic

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