Born On this Day: Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann, born on 13 September 1819. (I believe this photo was taken when she was widowed.)

The pianist stopped composing at the age of 36. 

Maybe due to her nurturing of her husband Robert, raising their children more or less alone, mentoring Johannes Brahms. Maybe the constraints were realistic. Maybe she had a superwoman complex that made her particularly perfectionistic. Surely, the society of her time was not exactly supportive of artists who were women. I wish she had written more and played her own work, because her compositions are so beautiful…

13 September 2015

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