The Music Plays On — Clara Schumann Piano Concerto

Clara Wieck, lithograph by August Kneisel, 1838

Yesterday, we celebrated Robert Schumann’s birthday. Without doubt, he is one of my favorite composers and he deserves to be remembered and his music venerated. But there was another incredible composer in that household — Clara Wieck Schumann.

Until very recently, Clara’s life and accomplishments were treated not much more than an asterisk after Robert’s name. In college we’d…