|"Music of a Love"|
|piano and narration: Elisabeth Eschwé
Music of a Love describes the dramatic love story between Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann, which has become one of the most famous love stories of the 19th century.
Robert Schumann, inspired by his ardent love to the prodigy Clara Wieck, wrote his boldest piano pieces, among which are Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Fantasy in C Op.17, Scenes from Childhood. The time between 1832, when they met and their wedding in 1840 was a most creative period in his life. Clara's diary and letters tell about her agony being torn between her dominating father, Friedrich Wieck and her lover, Robert Schumann. The music illustrates the emotional turmoil of the dramatic incidents, hence, becomes a musical testimony of his biography.
Copyright (C) 2006 Elisabeth Eschwé. All rights reserved.
Papillons Op. 2: 1,2,3,4
Robert Schumann receives a loving, well-caring education. His father is a book dealer and does not only promote his intellectual but also his musical education. He dies but all too young, Robert's sister commits suicide. Eighteen-year old Robert feels himself "being fatherless expelled into existence". He studies philosophy at Leipzig University, composes, continues studies of law at Heidelberg University to please his mother, and finally discontinues his studies to study piano. When Robert moves into Wieck's household he is twenty and Clara eleven years old; her life becomes brighter and more cheerful.
|"An Evening with Clara Schumann"|
|Piano and narration: Elisabeth Eschwé
A scenic recital with Elisabeth Eschwé starring Clara Schumann as a pianist virtuosa, mother, wife, lover and manager.
Original excerpts from Clara Schumann's compositions and texts
Caprice en forme de valse, Op.2/1,2,4,6
born Leipzig Sept. 13th 1819 – died in Frankfurt May 20, 1896
Robert Schumann, who had studied with Wieck since 1830, asked him for permission to marry Clara in 1837, starting a fierce battle. After attempts by Wieck at slander and sabotage, Clara fled to her friends, the List family, in Paris. From there grew a lifelong friendship with the sisters Emily and Elise List. Clara and Robert eventually took their case to court and after a favourable ruling were married on 12 September 1840.
The Schumanns lived in Leipzig, Dresden and Düsseldorf, Clara gave birth to eight children – Marie (1841), Elise (1843), Julie (1845), Emil (1846), Ludwig (1848), Ferdinand (1849), Eugenie (1851) and Felix (1854) – of whom only three outlived their mother. Clara gave concerts extensively all over Europe, composed piano and chamber music and became widely influential as a teacher.
After Robert's breakdown in 1854 and his hospitalization at Endenich, where he remained until his death in 1856, Clara had to care for seven children. Johannes Brahms proved a devoted companion, and he and Clara formed an extremely close friendship that lasted until her death. The extent of their relationship remains uncertain, as they destroyed a large amount of their correspondence.
Clara continued her career as a pianist of highest rank and was a sincere interpreter of works by her husband and Brahms. She was awarded a professorship at Frankfurt Conservatorium and edited all of Schumann's works. Despite growing hearing problems and rheumatic pains, she continued her active life, performed and taught until she was in her nineties.
Piano und soprano: Elisabeth Eschwé und Ulrike Sych
A concert pianist and a soprano are rehearsing for a new programme. It should be entertaining but at the same time involve classical music: however they don't stay serious ….
Vienna and Viennese lifestyle from 1900-1945
Elisabeth Eschwé – Piano and Narration Orfeo Mandozzi – Violoncello
Who is truly Viennese? Someone who was born there, who immigrated, who was expelled, or who has always remained a stranger? Rarely played and recently rediscovered pieces for cello and piano by composers who were either Viennese or based in the city during the early part of the 20th century, as well as poetry and prose by Austrian writers from the time of the Habsburg Monarchy to the Second World War, piece together a collage that tells a story of Vienna and its people. Not attempting to give a conclusive answer, the programme reflects both the historic events, whose effects are still felt today, as well as the authors´ love of the city, with the mixture of disdain, melancholy and humour that is typical of the "true Viennese."
Texts by: Ilse Aichinger; Peter Altenberg; Ingeborg Bachmann; Elias Canetti; Otto Friedländer; Karl Kraus; Sándor Marai; Karl Merz; Helmut Qualtinger and Josef Weinheber (in English translations capturing the unique original stylistic essence of the Viennese language.)
This scenic concert concept by Elisabeth Eschwé was first performed with great success and acclaim in 2003 at the prestigious Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna as part of a series of concerts promoted by the Vienna Festival and the Jewish Museum of Vienna.
Copyright (C) 2001 Elisabeth Eschwé & Orfeo Mandozzi. All rights reserved