Robert Schumann
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1810-06-08
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Robert Schumann

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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 ...

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Biography

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.

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Robert Schumann, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Markus Stenz
Symphony no. 2 in C major Op.61
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Symphony no. 2 in C major Op.61
Robert Schumann
Theme and variations on the Name "Abegg" (Op. 1)
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Theme and variations on the Name "Abegg" (Op. 1)
Robert Schumann, Orchestre National de Lyon & Emmanuel Krivine
4 Pieces from Carnaval, orch Ravel
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4 Pieces from Carnaval, orch Ravel
Robert Schumann
Der Dichter spricht (from Kinderszenen)
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Der Dichter spricht (from Kinderszenen)
Robert Schumann
Humoreske Op.20: Zum Beschlifs
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Humoreske Op.20: Zum Beschlifs
Robert Schumann
Abegg variations Op.1
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Abegg variations Op.1
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Phantasiestucke Op.73 for clarinet & piano
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Phantasiestucke Op.73 for clarinet & piano
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Du bist wie eine Blume, Op.25 No.24 (from Myrthen) (You are so like a flower)
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Du bist wie eine Blume, Op.25 No.24 (from Myrthen) (You are so like a flower)
Robert Schumann
7 Songs Op.90: No.2 - Meine Rose
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7 Songs Op.90: No.2 - Meine Rose
Robert Schumann
Die Blume der Ergebung
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Die Blume der Ergebung
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Adagio And Allegro In A Flat Major Op.70 For Horn [or Other] And Piano
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Adagio And Allegro In A Flat Major Op.70 For Horn [or Other] And Piano
Robert Schumann
Adagio and allegro for horn [or other] and piano (Op.70) in A flat major
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Adagio and allegro for horn [or other] and piano (Op.70) in A flat major
Robert Schumann
Symphony no.1 in B minor 'Spring' - scherzo
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Symphony no.1 in B minor 'Spring' - scherzo
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Arabeske for piano (Op.18) in C major
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Arabeske for piano (Op.18) in C major
Robert Schumann
Das Hochlandmachen, Op.55 No.1
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Das Hochlandmachen, Op.55 No.1
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Frauenliebe und -leben (Op.42)
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Frauenliebe und -leben (Op.42)
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Three Romances (Op.94) [1.Nicht schnell; 2.Einfach, innig; 3.Nicht schnell]
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Three Romances (Op.94) [1.Nicht schnell; 2.Einfach, innig; 3.Nicht schnell]
Vladimir Ashkenazy & Robert Schumann
Blumenstuck Op.19
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Blumenstuck Op.19
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Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck
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Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck
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Piano Trio No.1 in D minor (Op.63)
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Piano Trio No.1 in D minor (Op.63)
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Kinderszenen for piano (Op.15)
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Kinderszenen for piano (Op.15)
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3 Romances for oboe (or violin or clarinet) and piano (Op.94), no.2;
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3 Romances for oboe (or violin or clarinet) and piano (Op.94), no.2;
Robert Schumann
Abendlied
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Abendlied
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Vogel als Prophet, from 'Waldszenen, Op.82'
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Vogel als Prophet, from 'Waldszenen, Op.82'
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5 Songs Op.77, no.1; Der Frohe Wandersmann
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5 Songs Op.77, no.1; Der Frohe Wandersmann
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Robert Schumann Biography

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 Kinderszenen, Album für die Jugend, Blumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter 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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