Robert Schumann Robert Schumann's entire being was music, informed by dream and fantasy. He was music's quintessential Romantic, always ardent, always striving for the ideal.

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Hear What Makes Schumann's 'Traumerei' So Great

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Hear Earl Wild, At Age 90, Discuss His Career With Fred Child

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Overture, Scherzo, Finale; Piano Concerto

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Guiding the N.Y. Philharmonic's 'Inner Voice'

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Mondnacht

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