Romance: The Piano Music of Clara Schumann

Jennifer Goodenberger

Elegant piano solos composed by the 19th century "Priestess of the Piano," Clara Schumann.

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) has been revered by musicians and called the "Superwoman" of the 19th century. An outstanding concert pianist whose active performing career spanned over 60 years, she was also a composer of remarkable talent and promise. Married at 21 to composer Robert Schumann, Clara continued to perform while managing her career, household, husband, and eight children. Widowed at 37, she was a lifelong exponent of her husband's compositions, as well as those of her close friend, Johannes Brahms. In her unique long-lived role in music history, Clara was always her own person, perceiving herself as an artist, who was also a woman. She was eternally grateful for the art that was to sustain her through a lifetime of tragedy and triumph.

Through extensive research and study, Jennifer Goodenberger has worked to understand who Clara was and what she can teach, especially contemporary women. In concerts of Clara's music, Jennifer comments on the many facets of Clara's life, with an educational and entertaining style. Jennifer performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. She has 7 additional albums of original, folk, Celtic, and healing music.

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Lark in the Clear Air

Jennifer Goodenberger

Graceful, sensitive and elegant solo piano renditions of contemplative, traditional melodies from Ireland

Listening to Jennifer's intimate and contemplative piano playing is an introspective journey into one's soul. Her music, a mesmerizing fusion of traditional, improvisational, and contemporary styles, is moving, transcendent, inspirational, meditative, and deeply peaceful. It is ideal for healing, reflection, and renewal.

Jennifer has integrated her own spirit and musical voice into her love of Celtic music. Her graceful, sensitive and elegant playing resonates throughout the ancient Irish melodies of Lark in the Clear Air. This traditional music, which has passed through the hearts and hands of musicians for hundreds of years, parts the veil between us and the world of long ago. When rendered on the piano, it becomes harp-like, with a haunting lyricism of melody, and a mystical shimmer of harmony. Because of the wealth of music from the Celtic regions of the world, for this recording, Jennifer chose to focus solely on the traditional music of Ireland.

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Breathe Peace

Jennifer Goodenberger

Solo Piano music composed to create deep relaxation.

Listening to Jennifer Goodenberger's intimate and contemplative piano solos is an introspective journey into one's soul. Her music, a mesmerizing fusion of classical, improvisational and contemporary styles, is transcendent, inspirational, meditative, moving and deeply peaceful. It is ideal for healing, massage, yoga, prayer, falling asleep and calming animals.

The music for "Breathe Peace" was composed to create deep relaxation through held notes, silences, and simple melodies, harmonies and rhythms. The lengthy pieces allow the listener to rest on a bed of tranquility. Play "Breathe Peace" in hospitals, hospices, schools, homes and shelters. Play "Breathe Peace" anywhere and for anyone in need of comfort. "Breathe Peace" will calm the body, still the mind, and soothe the soul.

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