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Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso

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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...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 19th 1999 by Clarion Books
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We have a new granddaughter, Clara Joy, born February 17. Her musician parents considered Clara Schumann as they named their new daughter, so I decided to learn about this woman of the 19th century. This junior biography is well-written and informative with wonderful pictures of Clara, her husband Robert, their children, and some of their artist friends. I believe Clara's life is well summarized on page 100: "To Clara Schumann, music was not only a gift that enabled her to bear the misfortunes o...more
This is a relatively short book, intended for a younger audience, though I'm not quite sure what age it would appeal to. It tells the story of Clara Schumann's life succinctly, based on the author's mother's research. The language used, I felt, was sometimes a bit mature for the format, but overall a nice history which might inspire further reading. Unfortunately, the author doesn't do a great job of pointing readers to further sources. A quick read, nicely illustrated with historic pictures and...more
I guess this is a children's book. Reminds me of when I had to do book reports when I was in elementary school. I loved the reprints of old paintings and photos and learning more about Schumann, Brahms and other musicians of the time. Looked interesting sitting on the library shelf -- glad I read it.

Good biography when Serenna (or someone else) needs to do a book report on a strong, amazing woman who had a career in the 1800s.
Nicole Smith
I randomly picked this one up at the library from one of their displays. It was interesting to read about a woman musician who had such great success at a time when that was so uncommon. I also liked all of the pictures. Mostly it made me want to play more - music is such a powerful medium.
I love reading biographies, especially about musicians and artists. I found this one in the children's department of my local library several years ago. It gives a good, solid background on Clara's life and her marriage to Robert Schumann. I recommend it to any young students of piano.

What an incredible musician and woman Clara Shumann was. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about her life and wish there could be a movie on this wonderful person!
This woman is AMAZING! I really admire Clara Schumann!I enjoyed reading this book because of who it is about.
Ruth Ann
Very good story of a woman musician.
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