Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Piano Trio by Clara Schumann

Clara Wieck Schumann was a virtuosic pianist and talented woman composer during the nineteenth century. Unlike Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara was a public figure who also published her music during her lifetime. Why do you think Fanny faced more suppression than Clara when it came to their music pursuits?

Clara’s Piano Trio in G minor is written for violin, cello, and piano. It combines Baroque, Classical, and Romantic elements including song-like themes, development through fragmentation and imitation, fugue, and more. Despite Clara’s public success during her lifetime, her work was essentially forgotten until the late twentieth century when she was re-discovered by a generation that would come to value her undeniable talent.

Below you can listen to Clara’s Piano Trio in G minor. What do you think?

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