Today I’d like to share with you Piano Concerto in A minor by German composer Robert Schumann (1810–1856). Robert wanted to become a great pianist, and his teacher, Friedrich Wieck, assured him that he could, but a hand injury caused by a concoction created by Wieck that was supposed to stretch Robert’s fingers shattered that dream. Robert married Weick’s daughter Clara, despite Weick’s legal opposition. Clara was Robert’s equal both as a pianist and a composer. (We’ll explore her work in the future.) The premiere of this concerto took place in 1841, with Clara Schumann as the soloist.
Painting by Alex Katsenelson