Louise Adolpha Le Beau (1850–1927)

Louise Adolpha Le Beau (1850–1927)
Louise Adolpha Le Beau

Steel engraving from the collection Manskopf, UB Frankfurt

Louise Adolpha Le Beau worked as a pianist and composer like Clara Schumann. She received her pianistic and compositional basic training by the Court Kapellmeister in Karlsruhe, Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda. Because of her double talent, she was repeatedly compared with Clara Schumann. However, Le Beau quickly abandoned piano and the song in her composing and set her focus on pieces for bigger instrumentation.

In 1873 she began at the request of her parents to take lessons with Clara Schumann, who got to know Louise as unmatched Beethoven interpret, representing the solemn and dignified way. Both women were quite consistent with each other by artistic means, but were increasingly different as persons. Obviously Clara Schumann had strong feelings of rivalry toward the young, self-conscious composer and pianist. In class, she constantly criticized Louise in a harsh way, and the relationship between teacher and student ended after a few months in a fiasco.

(J.M.N., translated by Katharina Ma)

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