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  1. Robert Schumann 1810 - 1856

  2. Romantic Period Expressiveness more important than form & order Expressed emotion with little restraint Describes things like nature, a scene or a feeling Music given specific titles instead of being named by the form Growing use of folk music

  3. Schumann • 1810 - Born in Saxony (now part of Germany) • Accomplished pianist as a boy • 1828 – Entered law school, but never went to class. Instead spent his time in musical, social & literary activities

  4. Schumann • 1829 – Began piano lessons with Friedrich Wieck to become concert pianist; quit to attend Heidelberg University • 1830 – Lived with Wieck • 1832 – Began to have trouble with his hand, made a contraption to strengthen fingers, but it actually crippled them • 1835 – Met Mendehlssohn

  5. Schumann • Developed relationship with Clara Wieck, his teacher's daughter • Mr. Wieck did not approve • Went to court to seek permission to marry Clara

  6. Schumann • Was nearsighted & afraid of heights • Was a music critic • Established his own music journal • Wrote under 2 pen names – Florestan & Eusebius • Lines between reality & fantasy blurred because he dedicated 2 of the movements of Carnaval to Florestan & Eusebuishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZi29dagGo

  7. Schumann • Toward end of life, heard strange voices • Said the spirits of Schubert & Mendelssohn came to him to dictate musical themes. • Sometimes he thought he was being pursued by tigers & hyenas. • Attempted suicide • Voluntarily committed to an asylum.

  8. Schumann’s Music • Wrote lieder, piano music, orchestral music, chamber music, 1 opera, some choral music • “Piano Concerto in A Minor” • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ND1J8Bc7RY • Reminder – Romantic music expressed emotion with little restraint & described things like nature, a scene or a feeling

  9. Comparing Schubert & Schumann

  10. Comparing Schubert & Schumann Austria • Schubert – born in ________ • Schumann – born in _________ • Both wrote _______ • Both played the ________ • Schubert was not well known; Schumann was a music critic & established his own music journal • Both wrote music that fits into the __________ Period Germany lieder piano Romantic