Clara Schumann

When the young Robert Schumann fell in love with his piano teacher’s daughter, Clara, her father was not pleased and tried to keep them apart. How did they keep their passion alive? WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.  


It wasn't until the last third of the 20th century that women took their place in serious music, a field historically dominated by men.  Felix Mendelssohn's sister Fanny composed quite a bit of music, but it was only heard in private settings since it wasn't considered "proper" for a woman to compose.

Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was.