Saturday, June 8, 2013
Happy birthday, Robert Schumann
It is the birthday of German composer Robert Schumann (1810), who is considered one of the greatest Romantic composers in the world. His piano instructor, Fredrich Wieck, told him he could become the greatest pianist in Europe. However, he injured his hand and turned to composing. He also fell in love with Wieck's daughter and married her when she was 20, despite the objections of her father. This is his first symphony, composed the year after his married Clara Wieck, who encouraged him to write symphonies. Felix Mendelssohn directed the premiere performance in Leipzig in 1841.