March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate a brilliant female composer and musician, shall we?

Clara Schumann was an incredibly gifted pianist and and composer who led a fascinating life. Her love story with another famous composer is one filled with triumphs and tragedies. In this episode you’ll learn about…

  • Her rigid childhood piano practicing routine that earned her the nickname “Queen of Piano”
  • Her greatest compositional work, written when she had 4 children underfoot
  • How her virtuoso piano skills helped her composer-husband in his career

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

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Episode 16: Landmark Moments for Women in Music History

Episode 15: Fanny Mendelssohn

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Isata Kanneh-Mason | Clara Schumann‘s Scherzo No.2 in C Minor | Classic FM Session – YouTube

Luisa Splett performs Clara Schumann: Variationen über ein Thema von Robert Schumann – YouTube

Schumann Piano Trio No.1 Clara Trio filmed by Simon – YouTube

Clara-Jumi Kang: C. Schumann, Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 – YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 42

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances that include the pizzicato technique. Because it’s Women’s History Month, all these performances feature amazing female musicians! Check it out here.

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