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Nancy B. Reich, the leading authority on virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann, will discuss "The Changing Image of Clara Schumann" on Tuesday, November 19 at 8 p.m. in the Reed College psychology auditorium. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Reed music department, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Reich is the author of Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman (Cornell University Press, 1987). She was this year awarded the Robert Schumann Prize in Germany in recognition of her work on Clara Schumann. Her lecture will include recordings and slides. This year is the centennial of Schumann's death in 1896, which is being commemorated in events throughout Europe and North America.

Clara Wieck Schumann was born in 1819, the daughter of a music teacher and a soprano vocalist, and her father had resolved before her birth that she would be a great musician and child prodigy. She had her first extended tour when she was twelve, and throughout her life performed extensively. She studied piano, voice, violin, instrumentation, score reading, counterpoint, and composition. Her compositions include 29 songs, 3 partsongs, 4 pieces for piano and orchestra, 20 pieces for solo piano, and cadenzas for 3 piano concertos by Beethoven and Mozart.

She was the wife of renowned composer Robert Schumann. The two enjoyed a happy marriage for 14 years, writing and composing together as well as separately, until Robert was hospitalized for mental illness. They had eight children, the first born in 1841 and the last in 1854.