Robert Schumann, like Mendelssohn and Mozart, wrote his symphonies at an age when most longer-lived composers, are just beginning to mature and wrote only a few truly great ones.
Variations 11—15 Problems playing these files? In he wrote two of his four symphonies, No. He devoted to composing chamber music, including the Piano Quintet in E-flatOp. In he wrote Paradise and the Perihis first essay at concerted vocal music, an oratorio style work based on Lalla-Rookh by Thomas Moore.
After this, his compositions were not confined to any one form during any particular period. The stage in his life when he was deeply engaged in setting Goethe's Faust to music —53 was a critical one for his health. He spent the first half of with Clara on tour in Russia. On returning to Germany, he abandoned his editorial work and left Leipzig for Dresdenwhere he suffered from persistent " nervous prostration ".
As soon as he began to work, he was seized with fits of shivering and an apprehension of death, experiencing an abhorrence of high places, all metal instruments even keysand drugs. Schumann's diaries also state that he suffered perpetually from imagining that he had the note A5 sounding in his ears.
Also published in was his Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. It is one of the most popular and oft-recorded of all piano concertos; according to Hutcheson "Schumann achieved a masterly work and we inherited the finest piano concerto since Mozart and Beethoven".
In the winter, the Schumanns revisited Vienna, traveling to Prague and Berlin in the spring of and in the summer to Zwickau, where he was received with enthusiasm. This pleased him, since until that time he was famous in only Dresden and Leipzig. His only opera, GenovevaOp. The text is often considered to lack dramatic qualities; the work has not remained in the repertoire.
As early as the possibilities of German opera had been keenly realized by Schumann, who wrote, "Do you know my prayer as an artist, night and morning? It is called 'German Opera.
And in his notebook of suggestions for the text of operas are found amongst others: NibelungenLohengrin and Till Eulenspiegel.
The music to Byron 's Manfred was written inthe overture of which is one of Schumann's most frequently performed orchestral works. The insurrection of Dresden caused Schumann to move to Kreischaa little village a few miles outside the city.
In Auguston the occasion of the centenary of Goethe's birth, such scenes of Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust as were already completed were performed in Dresden, Leipzig and Weimar.
Liszt gave him assistance and encouragement. The rest of the work was written later inand the overture which Schumann described as "one of the sturdiest of [his] creations" in After [ edit ] Robert Schumann in an daguerreotype From toSchumann composed in a wide variety of genres.
Critics have disputed the quality of his work at this time; a widely held view has been that his music showed signs of mental breakdown and creative decay.
More recently, critics have suggested that the changes in style may be explained by "lucid experimentation". According to Harold C. Schonbergin his The Great Conductors: There is something heartrending about poor Schumann's epochal inefficiency as a conductor.
By the end of that year he completed his Symphony No. In he revised what would be published as his fourth symphony. From to he visited Switzerland, Belgium and Leipzig.
On 30 Septemberthe year-old composer Johannes Brahms arrived unannounced at the door of the Schumanns carrying a letter of introduction from violinist Joseph Joachim.
Schumann was not at home, and would not meet Brahms until the next day. Brahms amazed Clara and Robert with his music, stayed with them for several weeks, and became a close family friend.william fotheringham has been writing about cycling since he left university in he has reported for cycling weekly, cycle sport and for the guardian for which he is now their highly respected and eagerly read cycling correspondent.
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Many of his best-known piano pieces were written for his wife, the pianist Clara Schumann. Schumann’s father . Robert Schumann: Robert Schumann, German Romantic composer renowned particularly for his piano music, songs (lieder), and orchestral music.
Many of his best-known piano pieces were written for his wife, the pianist Clara Schumann. Schumann’s father .