It was quite possible for a woman musician to “make it” in 19th-century Europe. Clara Schumann achieved and sustained such a success for her entire professional life. By studying the lives and artistic accomplishments of “priestess of the piano” Clara Schumann (1819-1896) and her husband, the deeply imaginative composer Robert Schumann, we seek to understand Romantic music of the Western cultivated tradition. The course will feature works by both the Schumanns—piano compositions, songs and chamber works—and by others of their time. Offered occasionally. Prerequisite: MUS 200/201. Also offered through European Studies and German Studies.