1857–1863 Berlin

Berlin, um 1850, Reproduktion eines zeitgenössischen Stahlstichs
Berlin, around 1850, reproduction of a contemporary steel engraving

In 1837 Clara Wieck gave her first concerts in Berlin during a longer stay with her father. Place of performance for foreign virtuosi were mainly the Singakademie (nowadays Maxim-Gorki-Theater) which was opened in 1827. Regular choir and orchestral concerts took place there. As Clara came into more conflicts with her father concerning his interdiction to marry Robert Schumann, she found shelter in Berlin at her mother Mariane Bargiel’s, where she stayed at from September 1839 until May 1840.

Blick auf die Sing-Akademie
Sing-Akademie, 1834, photographical reproduction of the oil painting by von Eduard Gaertner

During her marriage Clara Schumann only had little time to visit concerts in Berlin. Only in February 1847 the couple spent more time in this city. Reason for this stay was the performance of Schumann’s oratorio "Das Paradies und die Peri" in the Singakademie, which Schumann was supposed to conduct himself. At this time Clara Schumann became friends with Fanny Hensel. As she died in the same year, it was a big shock for Clara. After the death of Robert Schumann in 1857, Clara finally moved to Berlin. Her daughter Julie stayed since 1854 with her grandmother Mariane Bargiel, Ludwig and Ferdinand were moved to boarding houses in Bonn,  Marie and Elise to Leipzig. During Clara’s concert tours, the two youngest, Eugenie and Felix were taken care after in Düsseldorf. When Clara moved to Berlin, she took them and also Marie and Elise with her. Due to the fact that the mother was on tour during the winter half year, Clara’s longtime friend Elisabeth Werner took care for the children. In 1861, Ferdinand also moved to Berlin and stayed in the boarding house of Dr. Planer.

(Julia M. Nauhaus, translated by Katharina Ma)