ROBERT SCHUMANN


ROBERT SCHUMANN

MONICA STEEGMANN    Book Number: 86515    Product format: Hardback

Christiane Schumann regarded her youngest son, who was born on 8th June 1810, as her 'golden boy', someone special. She was musical herself and made sure that at the age of seven he was sent to the Zwickau organist, Johann Gottfrid Kuntsch, for piano lessons. His three older brothers all became booksellers and publishers. Their father died shortly after the suicide of their sister Emilie aged just 29 suffering from depression. Schumann was the quiet one, the tormented genius. A serious illness prevented him from becoming a pianist, but he fell in love with Clara, the daughter of his teacher Friedrich Wieck, and married her in 1840. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy appointed him lecturer in composition at the conservatory in Leipzig in 1843. A year later the couple moved to Dresden. Then in 1850, he became the Musical Director of the city of Düsseldorf, but his demons followed him, and he tried to kill himself by jumping into the Rhine four years later. He died two years later in a sanatorium. Here are fantastic details of his life. It was expensive - he had to pay for masked balls, tips, season tickets to the museums, cigars and more cigars - the piano tuner, the laundress, the boot boy, lights, soap, and then there was champagne, music manuscript paper, books, bills from his tailor and cobbler and rent for the piano and lessons in French, Italian, English and Spanish. This life of luxury seemed a waste of time and he turned to gambling and was soon in debt. He and Clara had six children and travelled widely on holidays. 186pp, many illus in this 2004 Haus first edition.
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