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Classical Music History: Clara Schumann

Thursday, June 23 at 1 pm on Zoom

Jeffrey Engel returns with another music history program. He will detail Clara Schumann’s remarkable career and play selected excerpts from her compositions. At Clara’s death in May of 1896, an obituary appearing in the Manchester Guardian proclaimed her “the greatest pianist of her sex that the world has ever known.” This was not hyperbole. Even as a child prodigy, Clara was placed in the top tier of her contemporaries, both male and female. In some ways she was also ahead of her time. Clara promulgated music by Beethoven, Chopin and Robert Schumann that was largely unknown to the public. She was the first to perform from memory. Clara was also an influential teacher and composer of talent, even though she stopped writing music before the age of forty. She was unquestionably one of the great musicians of the nineteenth century!