Robert and Clara Schumann: A Prolific Pair

Nov 8, 2017

In 1830, a young musician named Robert Schumann started studying piano in Leipzig with the well-known teacher, Friedrich Wieck, and moved into a room in his teacher’s house. Wieck’s 11-year-old daughter, Clara, was a gifted pianist and composer who was already giving concerts. The 20-year-old Robert became infatuated with her over time, and after intense opposition and legal battles with Clara’s father, the two were married in 1840 just before her 21st birthday.

Robert’s music reflected his love for Clara. In their first year of marriage, he wrote more than 130 songs for voice and piano that were inspired by their new life together. The Schumann’s were each other’s muses, and they even kept a marriage diary together to communicate their concerns and to serve as a source of inspiration for their music.

Hear the music of the Schumann’s performed back-to-back by pianist Mimi Solomon in this week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast featuring the wcfsymphony’s “Appassionato” concert. Tune in on Monday, November 13th at 7 p.m.!