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Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso

A piano prodigy, Clara Schumann made her professional debut at the age of nine and had embarked on her first European concert tour by the time she was twelve. Clara charmed audiences with her soulful playing throughout her life. Music was a constant source of inspiration and support for this strong and resilient woman. After the death of her husband, Robert Schumann, Clara continued her brilliant career and supported their eight children.

Clara Schumann's extraordinary story is supplemented with her letters and diary entries, some of which have never before been published in English. Gorgeous portraits and photographs show the members of Clara's famous musical community and Clara herself from age eight to seventy-six.

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"A thorough, well-researched, and creatively illustrated biography of a child prodigy.... The rich, full life of this remarkable woman is illuminated by excerpts from letters written by her and those close to her as well as excerpts from her diaries." -- School Library Journal

"Anyone interested in music history or in women's history will find a compelling story here." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Susanna Reich
ISBN 0618551603
Publication Date Jun 27, 2005
Publisher Sandpiper
Language English