Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman (Revised Edition) by Nancy B. Reich

By Nancy B. Reich

This biography areas the wedding and celebrated friendship of Clara Schumann and Brahms in standpoint one of several different elements in Clara's lifestyles. The textual content seeks to get well, not only the occasions within the existence, yet its significant issues, routine and connecting threads.

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Consistency, however, was not one of Wieck’s virtues. In view of his later preoccupation with his daughter’s musical career and bitter anger at her, his own Ehrtrieb seems to have been easily sullied by ambition. Wieck came to music late. During his years as a tutor, he had little exposure to events in the musical world; his experience was limited to small-town musicians and church choirs, perhaps a performance of a neighboring nobleman’s *It was a fortunate meeting: Milchmeyer (1750–1813), pianist and teacher, was a figure of considerable prominence to be teaching in Torgau.

Clara already dominated the family scene; there is no mention of her brothers in the querulous letter Wieck addressed to the mother of his children: Madam! I am sending you the dearest thing in life still left to me, with the proviso, however, that you say nothing, if possible, about what has happened, or that you express yourself simply, truthfully, and at the same time clearly, so that this guiltless, innocent, and natural creature hears nothing that could arouse her suspicions. Furthermore, you will give the child little pastry and make sure you do not condone any naughtiness.

Clara never relinquished her position as the star. The stepmother remained at home with the other children and ran Wieck’s business while he was off touring with Clara. All his energy and skills were devoted to his eldest child, the most gifted of his and Marianne’s three surviving children. For years the household revolved about her and her needs: the silk gowns necessary for concerts, her own room, special pianos brought from Vienna. All the father’s expectations centered on this daughter. The two boys, in contrast, having already lost their mother at the ages of one and three, were virtually booted out of the house as soon as they were old enough to survive on their own.

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