Robert – Clara – Brahms: The story of artists behind their music (part 2)

Clara has always been the muse of Robert Schumann. Clara’s signature works appear throughout Robert’s entire work, under abundant musical quotes, dedication, allusions, lyrical abundance.

Schumann’s Clara is not only a good artist but also a composer. She does not compose much and her works are also little known. Mostly due to prejudice about the female composer of that period. However, records show that her seventh-class piano concerto was completed in 1835 and made its debut in November of that year under the performance of the Leizig Gewandhaus orchestra and Felix Mendelsohn. This work reflects the soul and creativity of the 16-year-old female musician, starting with the Classical period stereotypes but later surpassing them with her talent.

Clara doesn’t spend a lot of time composing, but at a special moment, she still devotes a small part to her musical feelings. In 1853, Clara wrote a series of seven variations on a gloomy and sad theme by Robert.

Robert’s death brought Clara completely back to performing and teaching to support the whole family, a career that ended in 1891 at the age of 70. She stopped writing but Clara spends a lot of time editing, publishing Robert’s works, especially of the unknowns, and thereby further popularizing his art.

Hearing the news that Robert was in a nursing home after jumping into the Rhine at the devil’s instigation just four months after that memorable October, Brahms rushed back from Hanover to Düsseldorf. More than anyone, Brahms loved and admired Robert. Recently, Robert also instructed him and introduced his name to the European public, declaring this young Hamburg man to be the savior of German music. Worried about the Schumann family background, Brahms decided to stay with Clara and the children. Because Clara was not allowed to meet Robert, Brahms became the most visited of the nursing home, and brought many of Robert’s friends to visit him. For the two and a half years before Robert died, Brahms stayed by Clara’s side, comforting her, watching over the kids while Clara was on tour and even teaching the piano to help her with her life.