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Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor

Here’s a hint: A great woman finds herself to be the admiration of two great composers.

The story of Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann is an inspiring love story in the history of music. Clara had, however, been fortunate enough to establish a name for herself long before she met Robert for the first time. Even as a young woman, she was already giving recitals to sold-out audiences and composing her own works. Needless to say, her fame only grew in leaps in bounds after she married Robert. They were crazy about each other, and Clara soon became one of the prominent interpreters of her husband’s works. There are, however, questions about the role the young Johannes Brahms played in their relationship. Brahms was a lifelong friend of the Schumanns, though he often professed deeper feelings for Clara even after Robert died in 1856. Clara’s compositions seem to reflect a style that combines the innovative techniques of both her husband and their close musical friend.

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