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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann (1810-56)

Composer

German composer who was leading light in the development of Romanticism

He was literary-minded as well and founded the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, a journal which championed the cause of Romanticism in music and which helped bring Chopin to wider public notice. When his career as a pianist was hindered by damage to a finger, her turned to composing. Until he was 30 he composed only for the piano and his writings for the instrument have a secure place in the piano repertoire. Thereafter he turned to songs and his expressive song cycles Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe are of particular importance. He also wrote four symphonies and many other works.

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Further Reading: Schumann

 Recording of the Week, Schumann from John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO

The London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner begin their Schumann cycle with exhilarating, agile performances of the Second and Fourth symphonies.

 Recording of the Week, Schumann from Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes

The German bass-baritone brings near-Wagnerian intensity to Schumann's two great cycles of 1840, yet he and Andsnes are at their most spellbinding in the introspective songs.

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