Clara Schumann


Pianist Ragna Schirmer Porträt Ragna Schirmer arrives with her grand piano built in 1846 to pay homage to the greatest musical heroine of the Romantic period, Clara Wieck (Schumann) 1840 Clara Schumann.


What to expect

Ludwig van Beethoven: “Waldstein” sonata 
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in F sharp minor
Robert Schumann: Des Abends, Traumes Wirren 
Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso 
Clara Schumann: Quatre pièces caractéristiques 
Robert Schumann: Carnaval (version by Clara Schumann)  

Duration: around 90 minutes with a break


Prices: EUR 22 / 44 / 66

U27 (for all under 27) & Ö1 Intro: 50 % reduction
Ö1 Club & Standard Abo: 10 % reduction

Ragna Schirmer


The German pianist is considered an expert on the life and works of Clara Schumann and is praised for her attention to detail in her search for hidden historical and contemporary references. In addition to her artistic activities as a pianist and her recordings, which now include 17 CDs, Ragna Schirmer is also involved in cultural politics and as a teacher.


musical heroine of the Romantic period

The greatest female pianist of the 19th century is also a part of Graz’s music history. In 1870 Clara Schumann played her last concert in the Saal der Ressource right next to the present-day Congress in the Styrian capital. Ragna Schirmer, pianist from Halle, considers her to be the greatest musical heroine of the Romantic period. She is dedicated to collecting Clara’s concert programmes, returning them to the concert halls where they were performed.

On her own fortepiano, she revives Clara’s Graz programme of 1870.