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Robert Schumann (1810-1856)


Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann, born on June 8, 1810, in Zwickau, Germany, was a prominent composer and influential music critic of the Romantic era. Initially destined for a legal career, Schumann's passion for music led him to study piano with Friedrich Wieck.

Despite a hand injury that derailed his dreams of becoming a virtuoso pianist, Schumann channeled his artistic expression into composition. He created a substantial body of work, including piano pieces, Lieder, symphonies, and chamber music. Schumann's compositions often reflected his emotional intensity and introspective nature.

In 1840, Schumann married Clara Wieck, a renowned pianist and daughter of his former teacher. Their union proved musically fruitful, inspiring some of Schumann's most celebrated works. However, Schumann faced personal struggles, including periods of mental health challenges.

As a music critic, Schumann co-founded the influential Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), where he championed emerging composers like Johannes Brahms and Frederic Chopin. His writings had a lasting impact on the Romantic music scene.

In the later years of his life, Schumann's mental health declined, and he spent the last years of his life in a mental institution. He passed away on July 29, 1856, in Endenich, near Bonn, leaving behind a significant legacy as a composer, critic, and central figure in the Romantic movement. Today, Schumann's compositions, especially his piano and vocal works, continue to be cherished for their emotional depth and artistic innovation.


Romance op. 28, No. 2
for 2 trumpets and piano