Google Doodle celebrates Clara Schumann's 193rd birthday

by Sanju 2012-09-13 16:43:14

Google Doodle celebrates Clara Schumann's 193rd birthday


Google, the search engine giant, celebrates Clara Schumann's 193rd birthday on Thursday. Clara Schumann (September 13, 1819 - May 20, 1896) is a noted German musician and a composer of the Romantic era. She was a distinguished pianist who changed the repertoire of the piano narration.

Born in Leipzig, Clara had deep interest in playing piano since her early childhood. Amazingly, at the age of eleven, Clara exhibited her first solo concert at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, leaving the audience spellbound.

Clara Schumann's skill to play notes of noted musicians and music composers with passion even amused music critics and poets who praised her. Her talent drew acclamation across the Europe as a child prodigy.

As she grew up, her passion towards music strengthened and eventually she started planning her own programs and started playing the difficult works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and more.

Clara Schumann's maiden name was Clara Josephine Wieck. She was married to Robert Alexander Schumann (a German music composer) who took music lessons from Clara's father, Friedrich Wieck by staying at their house.

She even performed along with highly prestigious musicians of her day. Violinist Joseph Joachim was one of her performance partners.

However, her life was filled with troubles and she was compelled to earn money because of Robert's mental condition. Robert eventually died on July 29, 1856.

In her later life, Clara Schuman became deaf and immobilised and had to rely on a wheelchair.

Her health deteriorated and on May 20, 1896, Clara died after suffering from stroke for a few months.

Google remembers Clara Schumann on her 193rd birthday with an attractive doodle that features the pianist playing a piano with her eight children clinging to her.

The doodle displays the colours in sync with the logo.

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