family business #1 Robert & Clara Schumann
Clara Schumann Trio in g, Op. 17
Robert Schumann Trio No. 1 in d, Op. 63
Clara’s Piano Trio, composed in 1846, is generally considered as one of her finest works. At the time, Robert and Clara were intensively studying Bach's music, inspiring Clara to develop a particular sense of counterpoint in this Trio.
Robert wrote his first Piano Trio in 1847, inspired by the one Clara had composed a year earlier. This trio announces a big change in Robert’s composition style, becoming more intellectual, more architectural. He wrote about this : "Before, I was composing almost all my short works in a wave of inspiration. From the year 1845, when for the first time I first elaborated everything mentally, I developed a new style of composition”. A new style that remains very intuitively expressive, traditional in form, but at the same time shows a great inventiveness in the way he eludes the "problems" associated with classical forms.