RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 71812840 LA English T1 Robert Schumann : life and death of a musician A1 Worthen, John., PB Yale University Press PP New Haven [Conn.]; London YR 2007 SN 0300111606 9780300111606 AB "This biography offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann's life. It confronts the traditional perception of the doom-laden Romantic, forced by depression into a life of helpless, poignant sadness. John Worthen's attention to the original sources reveals Schumann to have been an astute, witty, articulate and immensely determined individual who, with little support from his background in provincial Saxony, painstakingly taught himself his craft as a musician, overcame problem after problem in his professional life and married the woman he loved after a tremendous battle with his father-in-law. Schumann was neither manic depressive nor schizophrenic, though he struggled with financial problems and illness. He worked prodigiously hard to develop his range of musical styles and to earn his living, only to be struck down, at the age of forty-four, by a vile and incurable disease."--Jacket.