Robert Schumann

Composer + Pianist

Robert Schumann, sometimes known as Robert Alexander Schumann, was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law to return to music, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream.… Read More

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1029 Birth Born in 1029.


1826 - 1839 15 More Events
1840 812 Years Old 2 More Events
In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. … Read More
1841 - 1848 8 More Events
1849 821 Years Old 2 More Events
The music to Byron's Manfred was written in 1849, the overture of which is one of Schumann's most frequently performed orchestral works. … Read More
1850 822 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1850 to 1854, Schumann composed in a wide variety of genres. … Read More
1851 823 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1851 to 1853 he visited Switzerland, Belgium and Leipzig.
1853 825 Years Old On 30 September 1853, the 20-year-old composer Johannes Brahms arrived unannounced at the door of the Schumanns carrying a letter of introduction from violinist Joseph Joachim. (Schumann was not at home, and would not meet Brahms until the next day.) Brahms amazed Clara and Robert with his music, stayed with them for several weeks, and became a close family friend. (He later worked closely with Clara to popularize Schumann's compositions during her long widowhood.) … Read More
1854 826 Years Old 3 More Events
After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn.
1856 828 Years Old 2 More Events
Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness. … Read More
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