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.
- Schumann: Violin Concerto (extract)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ntnmc.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ntnmc.jpg2016-04-17T11:00:00.000ZPreview of music performed at the BBC Promshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03ntv1f
Schumann: Violin Concerto (extract)
- Schumann: Frauenliebe und -lebenhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03p4326.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03p4326.jpg2016-03-26T16:12:00.000ZBuilding a Library recommends a recording of Schuman's Frauenliebe und -leben on Radio 3.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03p435v
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben
- Susan Graham sings Schumann live in the studiohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nyd68.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nyd68.jpg2016-03-25T16:53:00.000ZSusan Graham sings Schumann's 'Er, der Herrlichste von allen' live in the In Tune studio.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03nyk11
Susan Graham sings Schumann live in the studio
- Robert Schumann and literaturehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02f46sr.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02f46sr.jpg2014-12-12T13:00:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores the music and literary influences of Robert Schumannhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02f4752
Robert Schumann and literature
- Schumann: Kreislerianahttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02053rx.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02053rx.jpg2014-06-01T10:47:00.000ZKenneth Hamilton recommends his favourite recording of Schumann's Kreisleriana.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02053ry
- Schumann: Symphony No. 3 'Rhenish'http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sshb4.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sshb4.jpg2014-05-20T13:13:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores one of Schumann's most joyous symphonies.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zfdzp
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 'Rhenish'
- Schumann: Piano Quintethttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01trklp.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01trklp.jpg2014-05-20T10:26:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Schumann's Piano Quintet.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zf3vw
Schumann: Piano Quintet
- Schumann: Dichterliebehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tb6dh.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tb6dh.jpg2014-05-20T10:13:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores the nuances of Schumann's Romantic song cycle, Dichterliebe.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zf32q
- Schumann: Fantasy for Pianohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sp83s.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sp83s.jpg2014-05-20T10:01:00.000ZStephen Johnson and Michel Dalberto look into Schumann's Fantasy for Piano.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zf2kq
Schumann: Fantasy for Piano
- Robert Schumannhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01z2352.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01z2352.jpg2014-05-14T10:04:00.000ZDonald Macleod charts the relationship between Schumann and Clara Wieck.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01z235h
- Schumann: The Paradise And The Perihttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w9xys.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w9xys.jpg2014-03-27T13:15:00.000ZPeter Quantrill provides a personal recommendation of the best available version of Schumann's The Paradise And The Perihttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w9y21
Schumann: The Paradise And The Peri
- Schubert: Winterreissehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w7wlj.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w7wlj.jpg2014-03-26T12:12:00.000ZHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Auf dem Flusse from Schubert's Winterreisse.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w7tkn
- Schumann: Kreislerianahttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w7tj0.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w7tj0.jpg2014-03-26T12:03:00.000ZHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss the fourth movement of Schumann's Kreisleriana.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w7wxf
- Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w4lqp.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w4lqp.jpg2014-03-24T11:45:00.000ZErica Jeal compares the available versions of Schumann's first Piano Trio and recommends his personal favourite.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w4lqs
Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1
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