St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society presents Love Triangle: Music of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms
In the mid 19th Century, Robert and Clara Schumann were the ultimate musical power couple. He was a respected composer and music critic, and she was one of the busiest touring pianists in Europe. In 1853 when Brahms was only 20 years old, Schumann published his praise for the young composer in the New Journal for Music: “He has arrived, a young blood, at whose cradle graces and heroes kept watch. His name is Johannes Brahms.”
The Schumann family took in the young composer and helped establish his reputation. After Robert’s suicide attempt in 1854, subsequent hospitalization in a psychiatric asylum and death in 1856, Brahms became Clara’s primary confidant and support, and remained so for another 40 years until her death in 1896. Brahms died less than a year later in 1897.
Today, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms are two of the most beloved and frequently performed composers in concert halls across the world. It is clear that we owe much of this music to Clara’s emotional and artistic influence. She promoted and performed their music, critiqued their work, and inspired their creativity.
A brilliant composer in her own right, this concert will feature her Three Romances for Violin and Piano, the Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor by Johannes Brahms, and the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, by Robert Schumann.