A creative combination of storytelling, piano and song, The Schumann Letters explores the details of a love affair as seen through the eyes of a master and his ladylove.
Drawing inspiration from thousands of letters exchanged during their courtship, The Schumann Letters tells the tale of how German composer Robert Schumann fell for and wed young pianist Clara Wieck in 1840. This new musical concept delicately intertwines narration with Schumann’s own piano compositions, enticing audiences with passion and feeling.
“I had the privilege of attending The Schumann Letters last week in Brandon. The concert was simply magnificent. The concept was fresh and the delivery was impeccable. To intertwine words and music with such finesse kept my interest from start to finish. Congratulations to Susan, Michael and Colin for committing to a performance of such high artistic calibre.” - James Ehnes, Grammy/JUNO award winning violinist
“The concept is brilliant…each piece of music took on new meaning in the context of the details of the tortuous lives of Robert and his wife, Clara.” - The Brandtford Expositor
More About The Schumann Letters
German composer Robert Schumann fell in love with a young virtuoso pianist Clara Wieck. Despite adamant opposition from her father throughout their courtship, the couple sought legal consent and was wed in 1840. During this time, thousands of letters were written between them, which provide the inspiration for this music-as-theatre performance.
Written and narrated by JUNO/GEMINI winner Colin Fox, with Michael Kim, piano and Susan Gilmour Bailey, soprano, The Schumann Letters provides “each piece of music [with] new meaning in the context of the details of the torturous lives of Robert and his wife, Clara (THE EXPOSITOR).