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Lara Downes: Clara Schumann - Romance Op. 11 No. 3
Seeded by laradownes on 5 Sep 2019
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Author: Lara Downes
From the album FOR LOVE OF YOU, a tribute to Clara Schumann, pianist and composer, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of her birth (9/13/1819). Lara Downes remembers the early inspiration she found in Clara Schumann’s life and work. In Downes' words: “I’m the first of three sisters, and I grew up in a house full of girls and women. My sisters and I made music together, put on plays, shared our clothes and secrets, and navigated together the unpredictable waters of our inconstant childhood. We were a pack. The world of women has always been my home. But the world of my music - of my piano teachers and their teachers, the Great Pianists and Great Composers – was a world of male lineage and legacy. Except for Clara Schumann. When I read about her early life - such a serious, dark-eyed little girl - I found something of myself. I played her music as soon as I could get my hands around it. As I grew up, the themes of her life resonated in my own: a struggle for independence; a def
Artist: Lara Downes