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Time Machine Playlist: Robert and Clara

04 December 2017

Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann

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This playlist is dedicated to the Schumanns. Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck are one of classical music's great love stories - much of Robert's music was inspired by his love for Clara and then later their expanding family (they had eight children!). An outstanding pianist, Clara often performed her husband's music and well as composing her own. 

On this day in 1845 Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 received a private premiere in Dresden, with Schumann's wife Clara as the piano soloist and Ferdinand Hiller conducting the Dresden orchestra. The concerto has since proved to be one of Schumann's most popular works, yet it was never performed in public in Schumann's lifetime.

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