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Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician

By John Worthen

This candid, intimate and compellingly written biography offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann’s life and effectively demystifies a figure frequently regarded as a Romantic enigma.

Freeing Schumann from 150 years of myth-making and unjustified psychological speculation, it reveals him, for the first time, as a brilliant, passionate, resolute musician and a thoroughly creative human being. Schumann’s life saw great love and great tragedy – but it also produced arguably the best music of his generation, the author’s enthusiasm for which is obvious throughout this work. 

Mr Worthen’s book will not only introduce many to the life of an oft-neglected genius but will also delight experts and those with a scholarly interest in the man and his music. 

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