Robert Schumann’s wife was Clara Wieck Schumann, one of the preeminent concert pianists of her day. She was also a wonderful composer, and her pursuance of that art in a male dominated culture, where women were accepted as performers but not as composers, is a tribute to her perseverance and her great love of music
Despite Robert’s support, the culture even caused Clara to doubt the role of women as composers (though she loved doing it).
Last night I listened to the first movement of her piano trio in G minor, and it was a wonderful experience! The piece features a very memorable opening melody and the form is clear. I look forward to listening to the remaining movements later tonight - and I will definitely be revisiting the first movement soon.
This is excellent music written by a brilliant musician and and a true cultural pioneer.