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Clara Schumann

  • Composing gives me great pleasure. ... There is nothing which surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound.

    • Clara Schumann,
    • 1853, in Berthold Litzmann, Clara Schumann: An Artist's Life, vol. 2 ()
  • You think, dear Johannes, that because I occasionally lay something aside I am giving too many concerts. But think of my responsibilities — seven children still dependent on me, five who have yet to be educated, and next winter I shall have them all at home again.

    • Clara Schumann,
    • 1861, in Berthold Litzmann, ed., Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, vol. 1 ()
  • How often have I actually discovered in myself that enthusiasm raises the artist above himself, how in an ordinary mood one would not have been able to accomplish many of the things for which enthusiasm lends one everything, energy, fire.

    • Clara Schumann,
    • 1841, in Gerd Nauhaus, ed., The Marriage Diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann ()
  • The more diligently my Robert pursues art, the less I accomplish therein; heaven knows! there always are hindrances and as small as our household is, there's always this and that to do, which robs me of time.

    • Clara Schumann,
    • 1841, in Gerd Nauhaus, ed., The Marriage Diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann ()
  • My piano playing again falls completely by the wayside, as is always the case when Robert composes. Not a single little hour can be found for me the entire day!

    • Clara Schumann,
    • 1841, in Gerd Nauhaus, ed., The Marriage Diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann ()
  • I will yield to popular demands only insofar as they do not betray my own convictions.

    • Clara Schumann,
    • in Harold C. Schoenberg, Great Pianists ()

Clara Schumann, German pianist, composer

(1819 - 1896)

Full name: Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann.