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    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

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    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
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200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann music CDs

By Sonata


Image of Clara Schumann music CDs2019 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann, born as Clara Wieck on September 13, 1819 in Leipzig, Germany. She lived such a remarkable and fascinating life, full of tragedy, love and music. Explore her life story and listen to her music.

200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann by Sonata

Below is a selection of recommended titles available at OPL.

  • Image: Romance


    the piano music of Clara Schumann
    Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason debut album showcases the works of Clara Schumann and it's release was timed to celebrate the 200th anniversary year of Clara Schumann's birth. To celebrate female composers, all her fellow accompanying musicians are also women.
  • Image: Beloved Clara (CD)

    Beloved Clara (CD)

    By Parham, Lucy
    Pianist Lucy Parham plays the music of Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms interspersed with readings from their letters and diaries.
  • Image: Clara Schumann, the Artist and the Woman
    The New York Times described the impact of the late Nancy B. Reich's biography of Clara Schumann as establishing Clara Schumann "as an important musical figure independent of her husband, the composer Robert Schumann, and helped turn the musicological spotlight on female composers." --New York Times Obituary, Feb 11, 2019.
  • Image: Twin Spirits
    This filmed project is a combination of a narration about Clara and Robert Schumann's lives, performed by Derek Jacobi with Sting and his wife Trudie Styler reading passages from Robert and Clara's letters and diaries, interspersed with some musical excerpts from musicians.
  • Image: Clara Schumann

    Clara Schumann

    Piano Virtuoso
    By Reich, Susanna
    This is the first book I read about Clara Schumann's life and I really enjoyed and recommend it. If you want something light that is not too scholarly or in-depth, try this Children's book written by the daughter of musicologist Nancy B. Reich, author of "Clara Schumann, the Artist and the Woman".
  • Image: Liebe in Variationen

    Liebe in Variationen

    Love in variations
    Ragna Schirmer's 2015 CD "Liebe in Variationen" (Love in Variations) was released to celebrate the 175th wedding anniversary of Robert and Clara Schumann. "The hub of the four sets of variations is Clara: each composition, whether by Robert Schumann or by Johannes Brahms, relates directly to a work by her and at the same time treats her as the content of its musical ideas."--from the booklet.
  • Image: Clara


    Ragna Schirmer's 2nd album championing the work of Clara Schumann. Also included is Beethoven's Concerto No.4 in G major, op.58, which Clara performed frequently during her concerts.
  • Image: Madame Schumann

    Madame Schumann

    works for solo piano and chamber ensemble : Clara's original concert programmes
    Ragna Schirmer marks Clara Schumann's 200th birthday by releasing "Madame Schumann", an album containing 2 original concert programmes that had been performed by Clara.
  • Image: Great Masters

    Great Masters

    Robert and Clara Schumann—their Lives & Music
    In eight lectures, Professor Robert Greenberg talks about the lives and music of Robert and Clara Schumann. Professor Greenberg is passionate about music and his lectures are entertaining as well as educational. After watching these lectures, check out other Robert Greenberg lectures about classical music and other great composers from The Great Courses. The library has a good selection of them.


Nice to see that the Library is promoting German culture. It has been my experience that the Ottawa Library is very anti-German. They sold or disposed of over 1,000 books that were given to them in trust by the Goethe Institute. The present collection of German material is so pathetic that hardly anyone borrows anything and therefore the library can justify selling all the books given to them and not buying or circulating any new ones. Stephan Hobbs