Clara Schumann: Unsung Musical Powerhouse
March is Women's History Month. For too long, female composers of the past have been consigned to the footnotes of music history textbooks. However, the impact Clara Schumann had on the life and career of her husband, composer Robert Schumann, cannot be overstated. The primary breadwinner of the family, Clara not only birthed eight children, managed the household, and maintained an active performing and compositional career, but she also used her international reputation as a piano virtuoso to champion Robert's works both during and after his life. A trusted adviser, she encouraged him to set his sights higher and helped him craft some of his most beloved pieces. Read on to learn more about this remarkable woman.