Fiercely independent, dedicated and passionate for her art and to her family - Clara Schumann composed while performing AND raising a family of seven children. Meet your match - she found hers.
Name: Clara Schumann (Wieck)
Age (lived from): September 1819 - May 1896 (aged 76)
Likes: Piano, Family
Dislikes: Overbearing Parents
She Knows What She Wants. Clara fell in love with Robert Schumann, a student of her father's, and eventually married him a day before her 21st birthday - but it was a long battle. Her father refused to give consent to marry, as he did not approve of the 9-year age difference and poor financial outlook for the couple. It's hard having a dual income from two composers! Eventually the couple sued her father for permission - had they waited one more day, there would have been no need.
During her marriage, she developed a strong friendship with composer Johannes Brahms, who eventually moved into the house to help Clara take care of her large family while Robert was ill in the hospital. It is rumored that Brahms was in love with Clara, but she rejected his advances after Roberts death.
Child Prodigy Turned Romantic-Era ComposerClara Wieck (pre-marriage) was best known as a prodigy pianist, performing in Leipzig for the first time at the age of eight, where she met Robert. Though she never felt truly comfortable in her shoes as a female composer, Clara composed many successful works that include vocal works, a piano concerto, and three Romances for violin and piano, among others. Despite her husband's support of her compositions, she eventually felt that she could not keep up with the demands of motherhood at the same time, and sadly halted her composition career. That does not make her piano trio any less beautiful - watch and listen to the third movement below!