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A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave

After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija board.

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Pianist Jonathan Biss and members of the Elias String Quartet brought their Schumann: Under the Influence program to Carnegie Hall. Melanie Burford/for NPR hide caption

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Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions. Joseph Kriehuber/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

The pianist explores the possibility that Robert Schumann was the first composer to infuse a longing for the past music in his own music.

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Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was. Lebrecht Music/Corbis hide caption

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Jonathan Biss: Meet The Schumanns (And Their Cryptic Communications)

The pianist performs Robert Schumann's music and decodes musical messages of love to his wife Clara.

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Jonathan Biss: Shooting Down The Schumann Detractors

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The acclaimed pianist performs music by Robert Schumann and defends the misunderstood composer's reputation.

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5 Things You Never Knew About Schumann

The author of a newly reissued Robert Schumann biography presents a guide to the misunderstood composer's life and music.

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