Biography of Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

08.06.1810
Born in Zwickau being son of an author and bookseller. Early acquaintance with great litterateurs and philosophers.
1826
Death of his father and at the request of his mother studies of law in Leipzig and Heidelberg
1830
Decision for music, lessons from Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig, with whom he also lives.
1831
In a publication in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung he makes Chopin reknown in Germany
1832
Early end of the carreer of a piano virtuoso due to a paralysis of his right hand (perhaps caused by unhealthy stretching)
1834
Falls in love with the 15 year old daughter of Wieck, Clara, who is a piano prodigy. In the same year foundation of Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, making him famous in all of Europe
1836
Wieck removes his daughter from Leipzig, because he does not want a relationship between Schumann and her.
04.02.1836
Death of his mother
12.09.1840
Marriage with Clara using a legal allowance after a long row with Wieck, which even took Schumann to prison due to a defamation.
31.03.1841
Premiere of the spring symphony in a Gewandhaus concert under direction of Mendelssohn
1843
Call from his friend Mendelssohn to teach at the Leipzig conservatory
1844
Concert tour of Clara to Russia accompanied by him, who becomes ill on the journey and move to Dresden, where he meets Wagner again.
1847
Head of the Liedertafel foundation of an association for choral singing
1850
Municipal music director of Dusseldorf
30.09.1853
A visit of Brahms in Düsseldorf is the beginning of a close friendship
27.02.1854
Suicide attempt by jumpfing from a bridge dowhn in the Rhine, he is rescued by a fisher
01.03.1854
With his own admittance housing in a mental home in Endenich near Bonn, where Brahms and Joachim visit him. He did not want to meet Clara during his stay.
27.06.1856
Only visit of Clara in Endenich.
29.07.1856
Dies in Endenich
31.07.1856
Burried in Bonn

Sheet music for flute:

Abendlied op. 85 Nr. 12 (Des-Dur)
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.demp3 bei musicload.de
(flute, piano)
Rating: easy
  1. Ausdrucksvoll und sehr gehalten
The original version for piano is the last of the four-handed piano pieces for small and big children op. 85 written in 1849.


Drei Romanzen op. 94
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.demp3 bei musicload.de
(flute, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Nicht schnell
  2. Einfach, innig
  3. Nicht schnell
Originally for oboe and piano.
Written in 1849 being the one hundredst work of the composer and a present to his wife. The premiere was played by his wife and Franz Schubert playing the violin. The first public performance was at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1863 by Emilius Lund on the oboe and Carl Reinecke on the piano.


Voice of love (B-Dur) (Bearbeitung)
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.demp3 bei musicload.de
(flute, horn in F, piano)
Neil A. Kjos Music Co., D3000
Rating: easy
Well edited. We thought the passages of only flute or horn playing with piano too long and inserted some parallel passages to fill them.


CDs with/from Robert Schumann

Felix Renggli, Jan Schultsz
    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sonata in f-moll, Op. 4:
  1. Adagio/Moderato (07:55:00)
  2. Poco Adagio (06:24:00)
  3. Allegro agitato (04:51:00)
  4. Robert Schumann: Abendlied, Op. 85, No. 12 (02:31:00)
  5. Robert Schumann: Romances Op. 94:
  6. Nicht schnell (03:31:00)
  7. Einfach, innig (03:49:00)
  8. Nicht schnell (04:29:00)
  9. Robert Schumann: Sonata in a-moll, Op. 105:
  10. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck (07:57:00)
  11. Allegretto (03:50:00)
  12. Lebhaft (05:11:00)
  13. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sonate in F-Dur (1820):
  14. Allegro (04:29:00)
  15. Andante (05:32:00)
  16. Presto (00:00:02)

Literature von/über Robert Schumann

Last edit 13.09.2014