By Nancy B. Reich
This soaking up and award-winning biography tells the tale of the tragedies and triumphs of Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), a musician of exceptional achievements. without delay artist, composer, editor, instructor, spouse, and mom of 8 little ones, she was once an incredible strength within the musical global of her time. to teach how Schumann surmounted the hindrances dealing with girl artists within the 19th century, Nancy B. Reich has drawn on formerly unexplored fundamental resources: unpublished diaries, letters, and family members papers, in addition to live performance courses. Going past the favourite legends of the Schumann literature, she applies the instruments of musicological scholarship and the insights of psychology to supply a brand new, full-scale portrait.
The publication is split into elements. partly One, Reich follows Clara Schumann's existence from her early years as a toddler prodigy via her marriage to Robert Schumann and into the 40 years after his demise, whilst she proven and maintained a unprecedented ecu profession whereas assisting and supervising a loved ones and 7 childrens. half covers 4 significant topics in Schumann's lifestyles: her dating with Johannes Brahms and different pals and contemporaries; her artistic paintings; her existence at the live performance level; and her good fortune as a teacher.
Throughout, excerpts from diaries and letters in Reich's personal translations remedy misconceptions approximately her existence and achievements and her partnership with Robert Schumann. Highlighting elements of Clara Schumann's character and personality which have been missed by means of past biographers, this candid and eminently readable account provides extensively to our figuring out of a desirable artist and woman.
For this revised version, Reich has extra a number of images and up-to-date the textual content to incorporate fresh discoveries. She has additionally ready a listing of Works that comes with all of Clara Schumann's identified released and unpublished compositions and works she edited, in addition to descriptions of the autographs, the 1st versions, the fashionable versions, and up to date literature on every piece. additionally notes Schumann's performances of her personal song and gives pertinent quotations from letters, diaries, and modern reviews.
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