A talented pianist and a celebrated composer, Clara Schumann lived a life packed with drama. A child prodigy, she became the first pianist to perform from memory, earned most of the Schumann family’s income, and stood at the centre of a tempestuous love triangle between her husband Robert Schumann and Brahms. 

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, Ian Fox explores the life and work of the woman who tragically renounced composition at the age of 36.