Clara 2019

Clara Schumann, née Wieck
1819–1896

To celebrate the bicentenary of Clara Schumann in 2019, Reiko will be performing Clara’s music throughout her programmes. One special recital we have planned is ‘Clara and Robert: The Marriage Diaries’.

Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, Reiko investigates how the pair talk to each other in music and word. Narration is created from Clara and Robert’s wonderful ‘marriage diary’, a joint diary which they began on 13 September 1840 (the day after their wedding):

‘It shall be a diary about everything that touches us mutually in our household and marriage; our wishes, our hopes shall be recorded therein; it should also be a little book of requests that we direct toward one another whenever words are insufficient; also one of mediation and reconciliation whenever we have had a misunderstanding; in short, it shall be our good, true friend, to whom we entrust everything, to whom we open our hearts…. Once a week we will trade the secretarial duties, exchanging the diary every Sunday.’

This curated recital shows the Schumanns’ relationship, unique in musical history, in a refreshing new light. As concert works and pianistic virtuosity are woven together with tales of domestic duty, we are able to hear Clara and Robert as they really are – musicians and lovers.

Throughout 2019, Reiko will also be exploring Clara’s own performing career by including works that Clara performed throughout Europe as a child prodigy and travelling virtuoso. These include her own compositions, as well as Bach, Beethoven and Schubert. Reiko will also investigate Clara’s piano technique by exploring the latest scholarly editions that include Clara’s own fingerings and pedal indications.

Our project aims to explore the wonderful pianist, composer, and woman that was Clara Schumann.

CLARA 2019

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