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Eric Jensen


Robert Schumann is one of the most intriguing, and enigmatic, composers of the nineteenth century. Extraordinarily gifted in both music and literature, many of his compositions were inspired by poetry and novels. For much of his life he was better known as a music critic than as a composer. But whether writing as critic or composer, what he produced was created by him as a reflection of his often turbulent life. Best known was the tempestuous courtship of his future wife, the pianist Clara Wieck. Though marriage and family life seemed to provide a sense of constancy, he increasingly experience ... More

Keywords: Robert Schumann, composer, music critic, Clara Wieck, depression, attempted suicide, insane asylum, musical criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.001.0001


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Eric Jensen, author