New Publication, “Clara Schumann: Changing Identities and Legacies”, edited by Joe Davies and Nicole Grimes

Image: Dr. Nicole Grimes (left) and Dr. Joe Davies (Photos: Emily Zheng / Will Tee Yang)

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, “Clara Schumann: Changing Identities and Legacies”, edited by Joe Davies and Nicole Grimes. The journal issue includes contributions by faculty members and graduate students in the Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Music Program: Dr. Joe Davies, Dr. Nicole Grimes, Dr. Lorna Griffitt, and Joao Martins.

The journal issue – featuring four articles, two CD reviews, and a score review – opens up ways of thinking about Schumann’s creativity and legacies that both complement and put pressure on received ideas about female authorship. It moves beyond assessing legacy in terms of works, an approach that is familiar from the figure of the ‘great’ male composer, towards an emphasis on the plurality of creative endeavor, its slippages between text and performance, historical context and technological reinvention. Each article addresses a distinct aspect of Schumann’s legacies – Schumann and the cadenza, Schumann and photography, Schumann and floral poetics, Schumann on film – and collectively they contribute to a richer understanding of the changing portrayal of her personal and artistic demeanor through the ages and the ways in which her artistry has inspired subsequent generations of musicians.

Articles (in alphabetical order by surname)

Joe Davies and Nicole Grimes, Introduction | “Clara Schumann: Changing Identities and Legacies
Nicole Grimes, “The Socio-Political Faces of Clara Schumann on German Film”
Christian Thomas Leitmeir, “Creativity, Performance and Problems of Authorship: Clara Schumann’s Cadenzas for Mozart’s D minor Concerto, K. 466”
Christopher Parton, “Speech and Silence: Encountering Flowers in the Lieder of Clara Schumann”
April Prince, “The Technological Priestess: The Piano Recital, Photography, and Clara Schumann”

Reviews (in alphabetical order by surname)

Joe Davies, in conversation with Lorna Griffitt: Clara Schumann, Drei Romanzen für Violine und Klavier, Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22, ed. Jacqueline Ross
Joao Martins, Clara Wieck Schumann: Art of Preluding Mo-Ah Kim pf; Clara Schumann: Romance – The Piano Music of Clara Schumann Isata Kanneh-Mason pf, Jonathan Aasgaard cond. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Cheryl Tan, Clara Schumann: Complete Songs Miriam Alexandra sop, Peter Gijsbertsen ten, Jozef De Beenhouwer pf Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm; Clara Schumann Piano Works Cristina Mantese sop, Daniel Levy pf Edelweiss

Posted Date: 
Friday, June 16, 2023