Clara Schumann (1819 –1896) was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Her husband was the composer Robert Schumann.
Clara Schumann - Wieck (1819 – 1896) is considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital. She and her husband, Robert Schumann encouraged Johannes Brahms. She was the first to perform publicly any work by Brahms. She later premiered some other pieces by Brahms, notably his 1st piano concerto and the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet of Broadheath (1857–1934). English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a Romantic and passionate composer, who frequently found inspiration from works of literature and the theatre. His Symphonie Fantastique reflects his obsessive love for an actress, and he used a recurring theme or "idée fixe" to depict his obsessive thoughts in the imaginative music.