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Th 5 Oct 23
19:30 Middle Hall Brucknerhaus Linz
Kit Armstrong

By and for Clara

Clara Schumann appeared in public as a composer at the age of ten. Nevertheless, her attitude to her own creative work remained ambivalent throughout her life: "[...] a woman need not want to compose", she noted in her diary in autumn 1839. In his programme By and for Clara, the American star pianist Kit Armstrong presents highlights from Clara Schumann's masterful piano works, which were written despite all social obstacles, as well as a selection of the countless pieces dedicated to her by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms.


Clara Schumann (1819–1896)

Ballade, Mazurka and Polonaise, Nos. 4-6 from: Soirées musicales, op. 6 (1834-36)

Scherzo pour le pianoforte, op. 10 (1838)

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)

La Campanella in G-sharp minor, No. 3 from: Grandes études de Paganini, p. 141 (1851)


Clara Schumann

Sonata in G minor (1841-42)

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Franz Liszt

Tarantella in G minor, No. 3 from: Supplément: Venezia e Napoli to Années de pèlerinage. Deuxième année: Italie, p. 162 (1859)

Clara Schumann

Deuxième Scherzo pour le pianoforte, op. 14 (after 1841)

Praeludium and Fuga, No. 1 from: Three Preludes and Fugues for the Pianoforte, op. 16 (1845)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

"Trauermarsch" in E minor, Venetian Gondellied in A minor and "Frühlingslied" in A major, Nos. 3, 5 and 6 from: Six Songs without Words, op. 62 (1841-44)

Clara Schumann

Three Romances for Pianoforte, op. 21 (1853, 1855)

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Theme with Variations ("Ghost Variations") E flat major, WoO 24 (1854)

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Romance in F major, from: Six Piano Pieces, op. 118, No. 5 (1893)

Clara Schumann

Romance in A minor, WoO 28 (1853)


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