Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Editor, writer, critic, composer
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896):One of the greatest pianists of her day
Clara bore eight children, four of whom died before she did, and one son (Ludwig) who was institutionalized in an asylum
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) Romance in A minor Piano Concerto in A minor Lieder, dedicated to Robert: "Liebst du un Schonheit" "Die Gutte Nacht" and "Warum WIllst Du?"
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Carnival (“Chiariana” and “Chopin”) Davidsbundlertanze (after a theme by Clara) Dichterliebe song cycle Frauenliebe und Leben Piano Concerto in A minor, dedicated , performed and popularized by Clara and Johannes Brahms Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Violin Concerto- inspired by Schubert and Mendelssohn
Recommended Recordings: Clara Schumann: The two CDs I most recommend of Clara’s works are the album of Lieder performed by Christina Hogman, soprano and Roland Pontinen, piano (which also features works by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Alma Mahler) and the album Clara Schumann: Piano Trio and Piano Concerto (Naxos), which gives a sense of what a brilliant composer- pianist she was.
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Other Works: Violin Concerto, Joshua Bell and the Cleveland Orchestra Davisdbundlertanze Op.6 and Carnaval, Murray Perahia Frauenleiben und Leben, Barbara Bonney and Vladimer Ashkenazy
Recommended reading: The Letters of Robert Schumann Schumann on Music: A Selection of Writings (Dover Press) Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman, Nancy Reich Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford