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Clara Clemens

Clara Langhorne Clemens Samossoud, formerly Clara Langhorne Clemens Gabrilowitsch (June 8, 1874 – November 19, 1962), was a daughter of Samuel Clemens, who wrote as Mark Twain. She was a contralto concert singer and she managed his estate and guarded his legacy after his death as his only surviving child. She was married first to Ossip Gabrilowitsch, then to Jacques Samossoud after Gabrilowitsch's death. She wrote biographies of Gabrilowitsch and of her father. In her later life, she became a Christian Scientist.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1874 (Elmira), Died 1962 (San Diego)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto

Notes: Clara Clemens was a daughter of Mark Twain.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1916-05-26-01] Not documented 5/26/1916 An open secret Clara Clemens Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Clemens, Clara," accessed July 23, 2021,

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"Clemens, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.

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