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Eric Jensen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.001.0001

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Married Life in Leipzig

Married Life in Leipzig

(p.168) Chapter Nine Married Life in Leipzig

Eric Frederick Jensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann. Their marriage provided them with the opportunity to share ideas, grow, and develop individually and together in music. Schumann assumed the role of teacher and mentor in their marriage while Clara's companionship provided the stability and environment in which Robert's work could flourish. During the nearly fourteen years they spent together, he and Clara had eight children. The main source of conflict in their marriage was related to their profession. At the time of their marriage, Clara's reputation as a musician far exceeded that of her husband. In Oldenburg, only Clara was invited to perform at the court. She returned delighted by her success, but Schumann was angered at being snubbed.

Keywords:   Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Shakespeare, Jean Paul, Leipzig

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