By Zachariah Friesen
- Clara Wieck was a child prodigy virtuoso pianist and composer in Leipzig in the early 1800s.
- Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann met at a concert Clara was playing a concert for a mental institute more specifically Colditz Castle. She was just 9 years old at the time and a decade later, they married.
- At the age of 13, she was one of the first to perform from memory, which is now standard practice for all pianists.
- In one of the greatest pairings of the greatest virtuosos, Niccolo Paganini agreed to play a concert with Clara while both were on tour in Paris. It was also the greatest pairing of virtuosos that no one heard, as thousands fled Paris because of a cholera outbreak. Continue reading ’10 Facts about Clara Schumann’