"Clara Schumann was one of the remarkable women of the nineteenth century, and she deserves this well-documented biography. . . . This is the best modern study of Clara Schumann available in English."—New York Times Book Review
"The marvelous originality of Reich's book lies in the way she places the marriage and the celebrated friendship with Brahms in perspective among other critical factors in Clara's life. Reich's painstaking, scholarly detail and feminist insight recover not merely the events in the life, dramatic as they were, but its major themes, movements and connecting threads."—Women's Review of Books
"Reich's first edition contributed to the increase in interest in Clara Schumann and in the performances and recordings of her music. The publication of this revised edition will continue to stir interest with the availability of new documents, letters and the extensive list of newly published music; further, this new edition offers a much more detailed look at Clara Schumann's life and music."—Journal of the International Association of Women in Music
"In addition to telling us the story of Clara Schumann's life, Nancy B. Reich . . . includes chapters on Clara Schumann's children, her work as editor, performing artist, and teacher, and her relationships with Brahms, Joachim, Liszt, and other major figures of the era. . . . There is also a list and analysis of Clara Schumann's compositions. . . . Reich has written an eminently readable, well-researched, and thoughtful book that gives historical and psychological insights into one of the major artists of the nineteenth century."—Classical Music Guide Forums
"Foremost among the strengths of this book is the delineation of Schumann's character. While pointing out the overwhelming challenges and devastating losses that dogged her entire life, Reich makes no attempt to paint her as a saint or hero. . . . The first edition of this book has gained acceptance as a standard resource on Clara Schumann. This revised edition preserves the strengths of the first edition while adding additional information and a fine-tuning of the presentation, assuring that Reich's work will remain central to the subject for the foreseeable future."—Notes: Journal of the Music Library Association
Nancy B. Reich received her Ph.D. from New York University and has served on the faculties of Queens College, New York University, Manhattanville College, and was a Visiting Professor of Music at Bard College and Williams College. In 1996, she was awarded the Robert Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, Germany.
It was very informative, and easy to follow.
Clara's deep understanding of the music of Robert Schumann and others, and its profound physical and emotional effects on its her play throughout.
It contains wonderful photos, sketches, pastels, and paintings - some, particularly of Clara alone, are especially moving.
I found this to be very compelling reading as well as informative on a woman I knew little about beforehand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel E. Conrad
Easy to read and full of historic detail about the life of Clara Schumann that makes the woman come alive from childhood to adult. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BuzzBee
Not all the way through this book yet, but the relationship with her parents, Robert Schuman, and Brahms are so interesting. She herself was a genus. Enjoying this book.Published 3 months ago by Helen Laman
This engrossing biography deserves the highest praise for style and substance as well as organization. Not a page caused me to lose interest. Read morePublished 7 months ago by eledavf Vivian