Robert Schumann (German: [ˈʃuːman]; 8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer, pianist, and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. His teacher, Friedrich Wieck, a German pianist, had assured him that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
In 1840, after a long and acrimonious legal battle with Wieck, who opposed the marriage, Schumann married Wieck's daughter Clara. A lifelong partnership in music began, as Clara herself was an established pianist and music prodigy. Clara and Robert also maintained a close relationship with German composer Johannes Brahms.
Until 1840, Schumann wrote exclusively for the piano. Later, he composed piano and orchestral works, and many Lieder (songs for voice and piano). He composed four symphonies, one opera, and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. His best-known works include Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C. Schumann was known for infusing his music with characters through motifs, as well as references to works of literature. These characters bled into his editorial writing in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication that he co-founded.
Schumann suffered from a mental disorder that first manifested in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode—which recurred several times alternating with phases of "exaltation" and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. What is now thought to have been a combination of bipolar disorder and perhaps mercury poisoning led to "manic" and "depressive" periods in Schumann's compositional productivity. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted at his own request to a mental asylum in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with psychotic melancholia, he died of pneumonia two years later at the age of 46, without recovering from his mental illness.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 8, 1810 (Zwickau), Died July 29, 1856 (Endenich)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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Recordings (Results 151-175 of 566 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-29685||10-in.||3/19/1924||Widmung||Cecilia Hansen||Violin solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-30758||10-in.||9/9/1924||Traumerei||Mark Andrews||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-30758||10-in.||12/30/1925||Träumerei||Mark Andrews||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Victor||B-30782||10-in.||9/8/1924||Lightly row||Hazel Gertrude Kinscella||Piano solo, with orchestra (for instruction)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-30782||10-in.||8/10/1926||Lightly row||Hazel Gertrude Kinscella||Piano solo, with orchestra (for instruction)||composer|
|Victor||B-30787||10-in.||9/8/1924||Minuet in G||Hazel Gertrude Kinscella||Piano solo, with orchestra (for instruction)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-30787||10-in.||8/10/1926||Minuet in G||Hazel Gertrude Kinscella||Piano solo, with orchestra (for instruction)||composer|
|Victor||B-30935||10-in.||9/23/1924||The prophet bird||Vladimir de Pachmann||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-31645||10-in.||1/8/1925||Canon in B minor||Marcel Dupré||Organ solo||composer|
|Victor||B-31856||10-in.||2/18/1925||Soldiers' march||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-31856||10-in.||6/5/1925||Soldiers' march||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-32127||12-in.||4/3/1925||Evening song||Pablo Casals||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32822||10-in.||5/26/1925||Novelette||Jeanne Behrend||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-32961||10-in.||7/15/1925||Auftraege||Lillian Hunsicker||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33756||10-in.||11/5/1925||Evening song||Victor String Ensemble||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||CVE-33757||12-in.||11/5/1925||Dreaming||Victor String Ensemble||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33757||10-in.||11/18/1925||Träumerei||Victor String Ensemble||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-33998||12-in.||12/14/1925||Sotaveikot||Jean Theslöf||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34075||10-in.||1/5/1926||Träumerei||Pablo Casals||Cello solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||CVE-34134||12-in.||12/9/1925||Giannina mia||Elva Kalb||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34167||10-in.||12/18/1925||In the woods||Lucrezia Bori ; John McCormack||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35166||10-in.||6/1/1926||Instrumental combinations, no. 4||Victor Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37128||10-in.||12/13/1926||The prophet bird||Ignace Jan Paderewski||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||CVE-37856||12-in.||3/19/1927||Träumerei||Edwin H. Lemare||Pipe organ solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schumann, Robert," accessed December 6, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101855.
Schumann, Robert. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101855.
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