Clara Schumann

( 1 )

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $115.41   
  • Used (1) from $115.41   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$115.41
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(22649)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

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. Index, chronology.

Describes the life of the German pianist and composer who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and to her family.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
Although Reich is careful to view the remarkable musician Clara Schumann in her own time, modern-day readers will take her extraordinary story and think about it from a late-twentieth-century perspective. Psychoanalysts will have much to say about her temperamental, demanding father; feminists will speak about a woman who dared to perform in public a week before the birth of her child; family therapists will marvel at a woman whose mentally ill husband left her as the sole provider for her seven surviving children. Reich never lets us forget that Clara Schumann is a talented woman in a world dominated by men, relating how the director of a leading music conservatory in Frankfurt wrote that no woman would ever be employed there, except for Clara: "As for Madame Schumann, I count her as a man." This heavily researched book draws on primary sources, both Clara's own diaries and her voluminous correspondence with her husband (more comfortable writing than speaking to each other, she and her husband maintained a joint diary) and other musicians of the times. Few of us are aware that Clara Schumann's better-known husband, composer Robert Schumann, owes much of his fame to his wife's persistence in including his compositions in her legendary piano performances and to her dogged efforts to make his music part of the public domain. Reich's lucid, quietly passionate biography, liberally illustrated with photographs and reproductions, ensures that Clara Schumann's remarkable life and achievements stand on their own.
Hungry Mind Review
Sit down and get comfortable in preparation for this lengthy, but fun and informative read.
The ALAN Review - Susanne L. Johnston
Susanna Reich's biography of Clara Schumann is a fascinating study of a gifted pianist who began performing professionally at age nine, and continued to perform until age 71. Clara had a chaotic and disappointing personal life, with divorced parents and a domineering father. Sixteen years after marrying Robert Schumann she was a young widow with seven children to support. Through it all, however, her teaching, composing, and performing allowed her to maintain her sanity and to support her children. She worked with and held as friends many of the great composers, including Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn. Photographs and drawings of Clara, her family and friends, performance halls, and concert programs complete this well-written book. Young readers will enjoy the book, and older readers will also be attracted to this engaging woman's life.
Children's Literature - Joan Carris
Readers of all ages will be fascinated and awed by the life of Clara Vieck, who married composer Robert Schumann. Beginning at age eight, German-born Clara startled her nineteenth century world and went right on doing it, in an era when women did not have careers of their own. Her 1300 plus piano performances played to raves throughout Europe and in England. Though her marriage to the gifted but mentally unstable Schumann was fraught with difficulty, she bore eight children, composed elegant music herself, promoted the musical careers of many composers of her day, taught and edited in her profession, and wrote enough letters to fill several bookcases. This is an outstanding book--in design, prose, and subject--with excellent illustrations and endnotes, too.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Young adults will enjoy this biography by Susanna Reich, the daughter of a scholar and musicologist who did extensive research on Clara Schumann. Readers will be astounded by how this young nineteenth century woman surmounted personal and societal struggles to become one of the best known musicians of her century. Amazingly, she was seen as an equal to male composers and musicians in a time that discounted women. Clara grew up with a manipulative, controlling, abusive father. Then she married Robert Schumann who loved her, but had such grave difficulties with her talents that he spent the last two years of his life in an institution, leaving Clara as sole support of their eight children. Despite all these odds, Clara Schuman is remembered as an extraordinary pianist, a composer, a teacher and the editor of her husband's collected works.
Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A compelling portrait of the 19th-century child prodigy who became a remarkable composer and performer, enlivened with personal letters, paintings, and photographs. (Apr.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A thorough, well-researched, and creatively illustrated biography of a child prodigy. Clara Wieck was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1819. Her troubled yet accomplished childhood is related in detail, as is her courtship and marriage to composer Robert Schumann, a student of her tyrannical father. Reich gives ample attention to their life together, including their many children, and also writes of Robert's eventual battle with mental illness. The book also offers descriptions of the Schumanns' many friendships with other composers and musicians of the day, including Brahms, Liszt, and Mendelssohn. 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. Black-and-white illustrations include many portraits and photographs of her and her family as well as programs and advertisements from her performances. A fine complement to Barbara Allman's Her Piano Sang (Carolrhoda, 1996), which is for slightly younger readers.-Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY
Hungry Mind Review
Sit down and get comfortable in preparation for this lengthy, but fun and informative read.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756951948
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Reich is the author of Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She lives with her husband, author Gary Golio, in Ossining, New York. For more information please visit www.susannareich.com.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)