Clara Schumann – 200th Anniversary of her birth
A reappraisal of a neglected genius
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) was an accomplished German pianist and a composer of the Romantic era. Although very well respected as a virtuoso performer, she did not get the same level of recognition as a composer. Today, her piano, vocal and chamber music was rediscovered and performed again in concert halls. The chamber music concert at Technopolis 20 in Paphos that will take place on Sunday, 15th of September at 8:30pm, celebrates Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday (13th September 1819) by presenting her impressive compositional work to the audience.
The program includes her masterful Piano Trio, op.17, piano compositions such as Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, op.16; Witches Dance op.5, No.1; Four Fleeting Pieces, op.15, Nocturne op.6, No.2, as well as Songs for voice and piano, op.13 performed by Robertas Grod (cello), Sorin Horlea (violin), Polina Kapona (soprano), Marianna Georgiou, Ivelina Ruseva, Galina Dimova (piano).
An introduction by Dr Galina Dimova-Georgieva and a pre-concert talk with the composers Christina Athinodorou and Artemis Aifotiti will take place at 19:45.
A precocious talent, Clara started composing at young age, under the guidance of her father. At 15, she performed her Piano Concerto in A minor in Leipzig Gewandhaus under the direction of Felix Mendelssohn. In 1840, Clara married the composer Robert Schumann against her father’s will. She continued composing during the sixteen years of her marriage. In 1856, her husband died in a mental asylum. Clara abandoned composition to return to the concert stage and support her family of seven children (one of her eight children died in infancy).