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Hannah Roberts

 

Clara Schumann as Piano Pedagogue

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), played a significant role in the musical culture of the nineteenth century as both a pianist and pedagogue. However, Clara’s achievements are often overlooked: her career is frequently overshadowed by the pedagogical success of her father, Friedrich Wieck, and the compositions of her husband, Robert Schumann.

Using recordings made by Clara’s students, alongside an examination of Clara’s editorial additions (published and manuscript), and first-hand accounts of her teaching, I will systematically investigate Clara Schumann’s pedagogical methods, thereby revealing her substantial contribution to the field of modern pedagogy.

 

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