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Robert Schumann : the life and work of a romantic composer

Author: Martin Geck
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Robert Schumann (1810{u2013}56) is one of the most important and representative composers of the Romantic era. Born in Zwickau, Germany, Schumann began piano instruction at age seven and immediately developed a passion for music. When a permanent injury to his hand prevented him from pursuing a career as a touring concert pianist, he turned his energies and talents to composing, writing hundreds of works for piano  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Robert Schumann; Robert Schumann
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Geck
ISBN: 9780226284699 0226284697
OCLC Number: 779607180
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Originally published as Robert Schumann: Mensch und Musiker der Romantik, 2010 by Siedler Verlag.
Description: xiii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early years (1810-28) --
Intermezzo I. An awkward age --
Student years (1828-34) --
Intermezzo II. Figments of the imagination --
The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik --
The early piano pieces --
Intermezzo III. "No, what I hear are blows" --
Probationary years in Leipzig (1835-40) --
The "year of song" (1840) --
Intermezzo IV. Twilight --
Married life in Leipzig--
visit to Russia (1840-44) --
Intermezzo V. The magic of allusions --
Schumann as a public figure in the years before the March Revolution of 1848 --
Intermezzo VI. In modo d'una marcia --
The Dresden years (1845-50) --
Intermezzo VII. Genoveva is not Lohengrin --
Director of Music in Düsseldorf (1850-54) --
Intermezzo VIII. The road to freedom --
The late works --
Intermezzo IX. "A sugary Saxon"? --
Endenich (1854-56).
Other Titles: Robert Schumann.
Responsibility: Martin Geck ; translated by Stewart Spencer.

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Robert Schumann (1810-56) is one of the most important and representative composers of the Romantic era. Born in Zwickau, Germany, he began piano instruction at age seven and immediately developed a  Read more...

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