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Robert Schumann

Laura Tunbridge

in Music

ISBN: 9780199757824
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199757824-0067
Robert Schumann

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The compositions and critical writings of Robert Schumann (b. 1810–d. 1856) brought together musical and literary German Romanticism. Although now best known for his songs and piano music Schumann also wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, oratorios, melodrama, and opera. Interpretations of his works are often informed by his biography, especially his relationships with other musicians (e.g., his wife Clara and Johannes Brahms) and his medical history. Debate continues over possible diagnoses of his final illness and the impact of his health on his creative life. Emerging archival research, reception studies, and new editions of his music and writings are changing the face of Schumann studies. A more complex picture of the composer’s standing in his time and since is encouraging reassessment of his achievements, particularly works from his later years. Inevitably there is a great deal of German-language scholarship on Schumann, a selection of which is included here.

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Subjects: Music ; Applied Music ; Ethnomusicology ; Music Theory and Analysis ; Musicology and Music History ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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