Schumann, Robert

Robert Schumann, German composer, 1810-1856

Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. He suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

  • Schumann, Robert, German composer (1810-1856). Autograph letter signed ("Robert").Teplitz, 19 Dec 1842.

  • Schumann, Robert, Komponist (1810-1856). Visitenkarte.O. O. u. D.

  • Schumann, Robert, Komponist (1810-1856). Eigenh. Visitenkarte."Hotel de Russie" Weimar, Ende November 1841.

  • Schumann, Robert, Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph musical quotation signed ("Robert Schumann")Dresden, August 1845.

  • Schumann, Robert, Komponist (1810-1856). Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("R. Schumann").O. O., 25 Jan 1838.

  • Schumann, Robert, German composer (1810-1856). Autograph calling card signed ("R. Schumann").No place or date.