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    Default Robert Schumann

    The poetic genius, and, when it comes down to it, the greatest Romantic in music history. He was born into a bookseller's family, for goodness' sake. So really, what do all of you think of Robert Schumann?

    He was amazing at his piano miniatures and pieces for one instrument and piano, especially voice, with which he effectively became the successor to Schubert as the great songwriter of the century.

    His symphonies and concerti are very poetic and romantic, but the scoring and orchestration are terrible. Beyond that, I really see nothing wrong at all with Schumann.

    And for those of you who can't get over the fact that he had multiple personalities, get over it. If all you can think of is his mental state... my case is settled.
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    Absolutely love Schumann! I think he was the most Romantic of the Romantics

    Love some of the solo piano pieces I have heard, and love all 4 symphonies. I will soon have Piano Sonatas 1 & 2 added to my collection, it's on backorder. He's in my Top 5 favorites of composers.

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    The cello concerto is very good, too. I'm going to try getting Menuhin's recording of the violin concerto (Enescu conducting) and some of the piano miniatures. What's the best recording of the piano concerto? Clara should've lived longer...
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    I like Schumann, but I prefer Schubert for lieder. However, I love the Carnaval suite... one of my favorite piano tone poems (after Mussorgsky's Pictures in an Exhibition).
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    By the way, fun (or not-so-fun) Schumann family fact: Brahms was madly in love with Clara Schumann at the time of Bob's death.
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    But afterward Brahms got over it. Brahms was more in love with Clara during Robert's stay at the asylum. Brahms stayed with the Schumanns to help Clara take care of the children and fell in love with Clara. Then, when Robert died, they started to drift apart, and that sort of thing.
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    Indeed, I have heard that. I know that while he was in love Brahms used Clara to test out his new music (she was a virtuoso pianist)... did that aspect of the relationship survive after they started to drift apart?

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    Schumann Fun Fact #2: Schumann's reputation spread very slowly. Story goes, at one of Clara's piano recitals, after she had finished the program, an audience member approached Robert and asked, "Herr Schumann, are you musically inclined, too?"
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    His Piano Concerto in A minor is my personal favorite among all piano concerti.

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    Brahms always sent his music to his friends for critique, etc. Clara and Joachim were among his greatest life-long friends, so naturally Brahms would send everything to her, right up until her death pretty much.

    Anyway. Now back to ROBERT SCHUMANN. I've not heard the piano concerto very much, I'm listening to it now on YouTube. It sounds very beautiful, I'll need to buy it.
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    The Piano Conerto in a is a masterpiece! I also have symphony no. 4 conducted by Gunter Wand and I could almost say the same about it.

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    i think he is a master of the teasing climax and his strings are to die for

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    Apparently Mendelssohn had an eye for Clara too!! Mendelssohn conducted alot of Schumann's works.What a sad end R.S. had.Mental illness was in the family as his oldest son died in a mental asylum too.

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    Wonderful composer - vastly under appreciated. From his cryptic little piano works to lush symphonic treats - Schumann certainly conquered my heart.
    Si vos agnosco is tunc vos es quoque erudio

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    While the symphonies and concerti (piano and cello) are great, my favorite work by Schumann is his Carnaval, a piano suite. It's some of the best piano tone-painting around.
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    Personally, Schumann is the first comprehensible romantic composer for me. And he influenced Brahms so much! It is evident for example in the Piano Concerto No. 1.

    From Schumann's work I love especially Piano Concerto, no doubt one of the very best works in the genre. I like the beautiful Andante espressivo inside the first movement. And the third movement with its spontaneous joy and vitality! Cello Concerto is wonderful, too, very deep and emotional.
    Last edited by confuoco; Jun-05-2008 at 09:29.

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