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Robert Schumann

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 - 29 July 1856) was a Romantic German composer, pianist and influential music critic.

Shortly after finishing law school, Schumann abandoned the practice to become a virtuoso pianist. Due to a hand injury in 1830, Schumann could no longer focus on being a pianist and turned to musical composition.

Until 1840, Schumann composed exclusively for the piano. Many of these works were dedicated to his wife, Clara, who was a pianist and composer. In his later years, he began composing orchestral works, song-cycles, and Lieder.

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Here is an excerpt from Schumann’s song cycle, Liederkreis.