Robert Schumann wrote his Violin Concerto in 1853. Josef Kriehuber/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave
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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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Carnegie Hall Live: Jonathan Biss And The Elias String Quartet
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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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Hear Jonathan Biss Play Schumann In The Studio
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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 Plays Schumann
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Composer Robert Schumann has his share of critics. Pianist Jonathan Biss is out to prove them wrong. Michael Nicholson/Corbis hide caption

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Jonathan Biss Plays Schumann
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Many aspects of composer Robert Schumann's life and music have remained largely misunderstood. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 7
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