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, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.
- Schumann: Violin Concerto (extract)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ntnmc.jpghttps://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)
- Susan Graham sings Schumann live in the studiohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nyd68.jpghttps://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 literaturehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02f46sr.jpghttps://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
- Robert Schumannhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01z2352.jpghttps://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
Robert Schumann Tracks
12 Vierhandige Klavierstucke fur kleine und grosse Kinder Op.85: no.9; Am Springbrunnen & no.10; Versteckens
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