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.
Composer Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

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

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Schumann: Tocatta, Op. 7 (Sviatoslav Richter)

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Piano Quintet in E-Flat: III. Scherzo (Martha Argerich)

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Piano Trio In D Minor: IV. Mit Feuer (Alfred Cortot, piano; Jacques Thibaud, violin; Pablo Casals, cello; rec. 1928)

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Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen depicts the world through the eyes of a child. Getty hide caption

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The opening of Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet grabs you by the lapels and says, "Pay attention!" Schumann was born 200 years ago. Getty Images / Hulton Archive hide caption

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