#19: Short(ish) Notes on Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata

Today we’re looking at Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata in G minor, written just a year after she married Robert. She wrote two of the movements as a Christmas present for her new husband, and we delve into the history of the piece and their relationship.


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The recording we discuss in the podcast is RomanceThe Music of Clara Schumann, performed by Isata Kanneh-Mason. You can buy the CD from Decca Classics here.

Nancy B. Reich’s biography of Clara Schumann is available from Cornell University Press.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).