Contextualising Clara Wieck-Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op. 7 in an historical network

This research paper has been funded by the Laidlaw Foundation. I am incredibly grateful to the Laidlaw Foundation and Durham University who have given me the opportunity to write and explore this work. I am also indebted to Julian Horton without whose supervision this would not have been possible.

This research paper focusses on the context of Clara Wieck-Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op. 7 by surrounding it in ‘an historical network’. The paper draws on the works of Julian Horton, Benedict Taylor and Claudia MacDonald to address the problematic analysis of this piano concerto by Stephan Lindemann in his ‘Structural Novelty and Tradition in the Early Romantic Piano Concerto’, as understood through the context of deconstructing the deformational aspects of this piano concerto, a term coined by James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy. This contextual analysis is achieved through a discussion of Wieck-Schumann’s performing career, her relationship with her husband, Robert Schumann, and understanding the cultural influences on this work. There is a specific analytical focus on works by Ignaz Moscheles, Felix Mendelssohn, John Field, Frederic Chopin, and Louis Spohr, with the aim to discover the links between these works and the Op. 7.

Piano concerto, contextual analysis, Clara Wieck-Schumann, John Field, Louis Spohr, Ignaz Moscheles, Felix Mendelssohn,  19th-century studies, criticism.

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