Robert Schumann
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1810-06-08
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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann Biography (Wikipedia)

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

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Fantasie (after Schumann): Langsam getragen
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Fantasie (after Schumann): Langsam getragen
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6 Studies (Op.56), arr. Debussy for 2 pianos
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6 Studies (Op.56), arr. Debussy for 2 pianos
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Liederkreis (Op.39)
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Liederkreis (Op.39)
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Humoreske for piano in B flat major (Op.20)
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Humoreske for piano in B flat major (Op.20)
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Romances And Ballads - Set 1 Op.67 For 4 Voices (Satb)
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Romances And Ballads - Set 1 Op.67 For 4 Voices (Satb)
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Scherzo from 'Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44'
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Scherzo from 'Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44'
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Cello Concerto in A minor op 129
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Cello Concerto in A minor op 129
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Allegro in B minor Op 8
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Allegro in B minor Op 8
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Cello Concerto in A minor (Op.129) DO NOT USE - AMADEUS ORCHESTRA
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Cello Concerto in A minor (Op.129) DO NOT USE - AMADEUS ORCHESTRA
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Liederkreis (Op.39), no.5; Mondnacht
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Liederkreis (Op.39), no.5; Mondnacht
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Fantasiestucke, Op.12 No.7
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Fantasiestucke, Op.12 No.7
Playlists featuring Robert Schumann
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
Clemency Burton-Hill
Clemency Burton-Hill

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