Nomination: The Joy of Creation

Shichtman, Sandra and Dorothy Indenbaum. The Joy of Creation: the Story of Clara Schumann. 2011. 159 p. Morgan Reynolds, $28.95 (9781599351230). Gr. 7-12. [jw]

Packed with facts about Clara Schumann and her classical music contemporaries, including her husband Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, this book tells Clara Scumann’s rich life story, beginning with her performances as a child prodigy and continuing through her adult experiences as a performer, composer, wife and mother. The inclusion of pictures of the cities where she lived, the concert halls where she performed and the people she knew offer a visual context that helps the reader achieve a feeling of the cultural depth of the time period.

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