1844–1850 Dresden

Ansicht von Dresden
View on Dresden before 1850, steel engraving by A. H. Payne according to a painting by A. Henry (StadtMuseum Bonn)

The fact that the climate in Dresden was considered to be very sanative, might have been one reason for the family to move there from Leipzig, a city with a very intense musical life compared to a small residential city at  the Elbe.
At the end of 1844 Robert Schumann fell critically ill the diagnosis was nervous stress. In the following years, Clara had at first place to take care about her husband and put back her career. In Dresden she gave birth to four children (Julie, Emil, who died at the age of one, Ludwig and Ferdinand), she managed the extensive housekeeping, gave piano lessons and concerts (inter alia own "Trio-Soireen") and composed a lot of her most successful works such as the trio in G minor op. 17. She gave emotional backup to Robert, especially at the stages of illness, but also artistic and financial support. In 1846/47 the couple left Dresden with the two eldest daughters for a trip to Vienna. They became friends in Dresden with musicians such as the singer Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, the brothers Franz and Friedrich Schubert and the composer Ferdinand Hiller, but especially with artists like Julius Hübner and Eduard Bendemann.
Later in life, after Schumann’s death, Clara Schumann gave several concerts in Dresden. In 1859 she performed with baritone singer Julius Stockhausen and her in Dresden living half sister Marie Wieck, in 1860 also with Marie and Joseph Joachim or in 1871 she gave a concert with the alto Amalie Joachim and Julie von Asten.
Her last performance took place in 1878 in a concert dedicated to the Gustav Adolph Women’s Assocoiation, where she presented inter alia one of her favourite plays, the "variations sérieuses op. 54" by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

(Julia M. Nauhaus, translated by Katharina Ma)

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