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Clara Wieck Schumann
(1819 - 1896)

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1819 Born 13 September in Leipzig; daughter of Friedrich Wieck (a music teacher) and Marianne Tromlitz Wieck (a soprano)
1824 Begins, at age five, to play the piano; is taught by her father, Friedrich Wieck
1825 Parents divorce
1828 First concert debut at 9 years of age, at Leipzig Gewandhaus
1830 First full recital, at Leipzig Gewandhaus
1830 Robert Schumann comes to live with the Wiecks
1831 First extended tour
1837 Robert officially proposes to Clara's father, he is adamantly against the marriage
1838 15 Awarded highest Austrian honour: named Royal and Imperial Virtuosa.
1840 12 September, Robert and Clara are finally married; the union results in 8 children
1844 5 March Clara named honorary member of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society.
1853 30 September Robert and Clara meet Johannes Brahms (he was to become a very close friend).
1854 Husband committed to an asylum
1856 Robert dies
1857 Moves to Berlin where she performs, teaches, and champions the music of Schumann and Brahms, and was a direct influence on their music.
1878 Joins faculty of Hoch Conservatory
1896 26 March, Clara has a stroke; Dies 20 May at the age of 76
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