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Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman Paperback – June 28, 2001
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"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
About the Author
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.
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Her existence was closely touched by many of the greatest composers and performers of her time and the author weaves it all together clearly and vividly. First and foremost, naturally, the tragic story of Robert Schumann.
Then there was Brahms. His youth and, in a way, his entire life were so large a part of Clara's existence that his admirers will find much to interest them here. The author presents the great composer's devotion to her as a truly chivalrous attachment persisting through the decades. That is all we will ever know, though the author surmises that Clara may have come to love him as more than a friend and he in his youth perhaps had loved her as deeply.
I was greatly impressed on learning the full extent of Clara's concert career, which spanned decades, brought triumphs and honors across Europe from England to Russia, and maintained her always in the very highest ranks of pianists. They were years of hardship, sacrifice and tragedy, but music was not just the means of existence for herself and her children: she was guided and strengthened by the unalterable conviction that music stands alone at the pinnacle of human endeavor.
I encourage any lover of music or of human drama to read this wonderful account of this great woman's life.