Featured Composer for October
Robert Schumann wrote during the Romantic period and is sometimes called the most Romantic of all composers.
He married the daughter (Clara Wieck – also a well-known composer and performer) of his former piano teacher, and she was a great inspiration in his composing. They had eight children together.
His music is considered to be lively and imaginative. It is also considered to reflect the two sides of his personality – “active and impetuous” (Florestan) and “dreamy and thoughtful” (Eusebius). He is one of the first composers to indicate extensive use of the damper pedal.
Some of his best-known groups of pieces are “Album for the Young” (which was written for his own children), “Scenes from Childhood”, and “Fantasy Pieces”.
Music for Schumann
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