Creative Development of Robert Schumann

2049 Words Jan 12th, 2018 8 Pages
While many operas have been inspired by great literature, Schumann's expression even in his piano compositions and non-verbally oriented musical works show a literary flair. "Many of his compositions allude to characters or scenes from poems, novels, and plays; others are like musical crossword puzzles with key signatures or musical themes that refer to people or places important to him" (Gifford 2012). Schumann worked as an editor and journalist for a popular musical magazine, the Neue Zeitsfchrift fur Musik, and had a great deal of literary self-consciousness about how he constructed his art (Gifford 2012). Ironically, Schumann's operas were not successful and it is his nonverbal piano works that have solidified his reputation for musical greatness. A number of musical critics have noted that there is a distinct break in the tone, style, and structure of Robert Schumann's earlier works with his later output. "Characterizations like 'subjective-objective' suggest that Schumann's instrumental works of the early 1840s broke cleanly from the music of his past" (Brown 2004). His earlier songs of the 1830s are considered to be some of the finest expressions of short, Romantic musical forms. "He virtually…
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