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On Record with Heather O'Donnell: Considering Clara Schumann

Mar 8, 2019

Clara Schumann blazed a path for women in music, composing and soloing at a time when it was unheard of for women to have a professional career in that world. Yet, we still hear murmers of discontent: she was mean, she wasn't supportive of her husband Robert, she neglected her kids. This "soft misogyny," as pianist Heather O'Donnell calls it, has tainted the legacy of a great artist. 

Ms. O'Donnell, an adjunct German professor at the Eastman School of Music, set the record straight with Julia Figueras.