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08 Mar 2006

Clara Schumann: The troubled career of the pianist

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/features/article349785.ece

Clara Schumann resumed her piano career even as her husband Robert lay dying in an asylum. Devoted wife or damaged prodigy? Jessica Duchen investigates

[The Independent, 7 March 2006]

Robert Schumann, who died 150 years ago this year, would not have written much of his music without his wife, Clara. Muse to Brahms and Schumann, and mother of seven, she is revered as a musician and woman of historical significance. But does this image mask a darker truth about her personality?

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