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Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann - Their Lives and Music

Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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In all the annals of Western music, there has never been a couple like the Schumanns: he a pioneering critic and composer (the only ever to achieve greatness as both), she one of the leading concert pianists of Europe, as well as a composer of no small talent herself.

This series of eight lectures by an award-winning composer and acclaimed teacher includes excerpts of works by both of the Schumanns as part of an introduction to an extraordinary couple and the musical legacy left to us in spite of the difficulties that dogged their marriage. Though a loving one that produced eight children, their partnership also had to withstand the pressures of raising those children, managing two careers, and overcoming the tensions posed by Robert-an emotionally unstable man who alternated between manic bouts of awesome creativity and terrifying fits of depression, exacerbating the worsening effects of the syphilis that would eventually kill him. His death left Clara to not only raise the children but also to support the family through an exhausting schedule of concertizing. Despite his ill health, Robert still left behind a magnificent legacy of compositions and insights into music that you explore in these lectures-a legacy that included his return to criticism so he could introduce to the world a then-unknown Johannes Brahms.

©2002 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2002 The Great Courses

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 2014-06-09

Soap Opera Lives of the Great Masters

This lecture has it all domineering father making his money from his daughters talents. Sound just like some the child stars of our lifetime. Husbands jealous of his wife's talent and career. Stories of the stars hob nobbling together. What more could you ask for?
And the music oh the wonderful music and history about how it was conceived and composed.

This is my fourth lecture in this series hope to listen to them all before years end.

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  • James Ray Griffith
  • 2020-03-06

A wonderful survey of Robert and Clara Dchumann

As always Dr. Greenberg takes a compassionate, respectful and I believe accurate survey of the lives and works of Robert and Clara Schumann. I also enjoy the humor Dr Greenberg brings to all his courses. Since Felix Mendelssohn was such a major influence in their lives and fortunes I wish Dr Greenberg would do a course in this other wonderful complex musical couple Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

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  • LeC
  • 2019-08-27

Fantastic

I really can’t get enough of these awesome classes by Professor Greenberg. Audible may have to add an extra star or two so these can be properly rated—they are fantastic in every way! Highly recommended!

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  • Will Kaiser
  • 2019-08-12

Yet Another Great Course

Professor Greenberg teaches with his heart and with his head. A brilliant course by a brilliant professor. Highly recommended.