After a one year preparation time Friedrich Wieck went with his daughter to the first journey abroad, to Paris. The first stop was however was Weimar, where the 12 year old Clara had the honor to play for the elderly Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his Steicher grand piano. On October 1st she performed “La Violetta” and the “Bravour-Variationen op. 20” by Henri Herz. On October 9th she was invited again and she played “Rondo für Klavier à quatre Mayns” by François Hünten (together with her father), a duo for piano and violin by Herz/Bériot (with bandmaster Götze) and her own variations for piano. Goethe gave her his portrait medal and wrote a note by his own hand “Der kunstreichen Clara Wieck / W. 9 Ocbr /1831” (dedicated to talented Clara Wieck); Friedrich Wieck also received an autographic note of thanks by the poet for “meisterlich musikalische Unterhaltung” (masterly musical entertainment)
(Julia M. Nauhaus, translated by Katharina Ma)
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