Clara Schumann – pianist, composer and mother
In an era when few women were allowed the opportunity to develop their musical skills to an advanced level, pianist Clara Schumann (1819–1896) was fortunate to receive an exceptionally good education and created a career as a performing artist lasting more than six decades. She also composed a great deal of music in her youth, including a Piano Concerto. For a long time she has been recognised by history as no more than the wife and self-sacrificing muse of composer Robert Schumann. Yet she outlived her husband by more than 40 years, and in her lifetime she enjoyed a widespread reputation as a performing artist of outstanding integrity. Modern research has revealed that Clara Schumann was a conflicted personality, and many of her eight children came to a tragic end. Performing was for Clara a way of escaping her family problems.
Celebrating its 60th edition, Turku Music Festival organises two musical lectures together with the Turku City Library. The combining theme of these lectures is Celebrating women. Pianist Ari Helander (b. 1959) has selected two remarkable, yet marginalized artists as topics for his lectures: pianist Clara Schumann (1819–1896) and singer Lina Prokofiev (1897–1989).
For several years now, Ari Helander has been giving musical lectures combining narrative, music and images. He is particularly interested in the personal lives of composers and musicians and in how the political and social circumstances of the day affected them.
Mon 18 Feb 2019 18:00 Clara Schumann – pianist, composer and mother
Mon 25 Feb 2019 18:00 Lina Prokofiev – victim to love and to totalitarianism
Turku City Library, Studio
The duration of each lecture is approximately 1 h 30 min and the entrance is free of charge. The lectures are given in Finnish only.