WOLDEMAR BARGIEL (1828 - 1897)
Woldemar Bargiel’s father, Adolf Bargiel, had been a colleague of Friedrich Wieck, father of Clara Schumann and for a time the teacher of Robert Schumann. Wieck’s wife left him for Bargiel, and Woldemar was their son, Clara Schumann’s half-brother. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, before embarking on a career that brought teaching and conducting appointments in Cologne, in Rotterdam, and finally in Berlin. He was closely associated with Schumann, Joachim, Brahms and their circle, and his piano compositions have much in common with Schumann’s.