List of works by Clara Schumann

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"I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?"

- Clara Schumann, in her diary on 26 November 1839. Her diaries are bound in 4 volumes in Robert-Schumann-Haus, Zwickau. This entry can be found in volume IV on p.117

Works With Opus Number

  1. Impromptu: Le Sabbat
  2. Caprice a la Boleros
  3. Romance
  4. Scene Fantastique: Le Ballet des Revenants
  1. Toccatina
  2. Notturno
  3. Mazurka in G minor
  4. Ballade
  5. Mazurka in G major
  6. Polonaise
2. Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen
4. Liebst du um Schönheit
11. Warum willst du and're fragen
  1. Ich stand in dunklen Träumen
  2. Sie liebten sich beide
  3. Die Liebe sass als Nachtigall
  4. Der Mond kommt still gegangen
  5. Ich hab’ in Deinem Auge
  6. Die stille Lotosblume
  1. Larghetto (F major)
  2. Un poco agitato (A minor)
  3. Andante espressivo (D major)
  4. Scherzo (G major)
  1. Was weinst du, Blümlein
  2. An einem lichten Morgen
  3. Geheimes Flüstern hier und dort
  4. Auf einem grünen Hügel
  5. Das ist ein Tag, der klingen mag
  6. O Lust, o Lust

Works without Opus Number

  • NB. When a citation is unique to a single source, it is marked by PS (Groves article), NR (Reich book), or DH (Draheim and Höft preface). The chronology is based on the earliest cited date. There is no explanation known for the absence of Op. 18 and 19.


  • Alte Heimat (Kerner) (1831, lost)
  • "Der Traum" von Tiedge (1831, lost)
  • Der Wanderer (Kerner) (1831, DH: Authenticity not fully proven)
  • Der Wanderer in der Sägemühle (Kerner) (DH: 1832?, Authenticity not fully proven)
  • An Alexis (NR: for piano, 1832, lost; DS: for voice, 1833, extant)
  • Walzer (Lyser) (NR: 1834?)
  • Der Abendstern (DH: 1834?)
  • Am Strande (1840) (Burns, translated by Gerhard)
  • Ihr Bildnis (Heine) (DH: 1840 1st version of Ich stand in dunklen...; DH: 1844 2nd version of Ihr Bildnis; NR: 1843)
  • Volkslied (Heine) (1840)
  • Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage (Rückert) (NR: June 8**, 1841)
  • Sie liebten sich beide (Heine) (DH: 1st version; NR: June 8, 1842) - 2nd, published version - Op.13 No.2
  • Liebeszauber (Geibel) (NR: June 8, 1842) — is this different from the version published as Op.13 No.3?
  • Lorelei (1843)
  • O weh des Scheidens, das er tat (Rückert) (NR: June, 1843)
  • Sie liebten sich beide (Heine) (DH: 1844 2nd, published version - Op.13 No.2)
  • Mein Stern! (Serre, translated by Wray) (NR: June, 1846)
  • Beim Abschied (Serre) (NR: June, 1846)
  • Das Veilchen (Goethe) (NR: July 7, 1853)


  • Schwäne kommen gezogen (PS: 1830)
  • 3 gemischte Chöre (Geibel) (1848)
  1. Abendfeier in Venedig
  2. Vorwärts
  3. Gondoliera


Chamber & Orchestra Works

Piano Works

  • Variationen über ein Tyroler Lied (1830, PS: extant; NR: lost)
  • Variationen über ein Original-Thema (1830, PS: extant; NR: lost)
  • Etude in A-flat major (NR: 1830s, unpub.)
  • Phantasie-Variationen über ein Wieck Romanze (NR: 1831, lost)
  • Rondo in B Minor (1833, PS: extant; NR: lost)
  • Andante con sentimento (1838, posth.)
  • Piano Sonata in G minor (1841-42)
The composition was initially a two movement Sonatine, with Allegro in G minor and Scherzo in G major, and was dedicated to her husband, Robert Schumann, as a Christmas gift. The title page of her autographed copy reads Sonatine. Allegro und Scherzo, followed by her dedication: “Accept with love, my good husband / and be patient with your Clara / at Christmas 1841”(Schumann 1991). Schumann finished composing the other two movements of the sonata: Adagio in E flat major which became the new second movement; and Rondo finale in G minor, in January 1842 (Reich 1985). In turn, the complete composition is the only work by Schumann bearing the title “sonata”. Although Schumann incorporated the Scherzo into the printed edition of Quatre Pièces Fugitives Op. 15, composed in 1843/44 and published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1845, she never published her Sonata in G minor in its entirety. There is no evidence to suggest that she wrote it with the intention to have it published.