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.

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph letter fragment signed. O. O. Ca. 55:210 mm.
$ 4,359 / 3.800 € (35038)

Concluding portion of a letter in which Schumann writes that he hopes to speak with his correspondent personally within a day or so. - In very good condition, with uniform toning, irregularly trimmed edges, and show-through from mounting remnants to reverse (affecting the last letter of the signature).

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Schumann, Robert

composer (1810-1856). Autograph musical quotation from the opening of the song "Die Nonne," op. 49 no. 3, signed and inscribed by the composer: "Zur Erinnerung an Robert Schumann mit Grussen seiner Frau, die ist im Augenblick unmoglich zu schreiben [In memory of Robert Schuman Leipzig.
$ 74,555 / 65.000 € (60449)

Fantastic autograph musical quotation from the opening of the song „Die Nonne“, op. 49 no. 3, signed and inscribed by the composer: "Zur Erinnerung an Robert Schumann mit Grüßen seiner Frau, der es im Augenblick unmöglich zu schreiben [In memory of Robert Schumann with greetings from his wife, who is at the moment unable to write] comprising the first sixteen bars, for voice and piano, notated in brown ink, on three systems of three staves each, with autograph heading, „Die Nonne von Frohlich.“ „Die Nonne“ was written by Schumann (1810-1856) in 1840, his Liederjahr or year of song, and was published in 1844 as the third of the second volume of the „Romanzen und Balladen,“ Op.

49. On verso is an autograph "Canone a Due," signed by Italian buffo opera singer Luigi Lablache, "Parigi 1. Aprile 1839. L. Lachache," beginning "Siamo in due che cosa far che cosa far...." Of interest is the fact that Lablache (1794-1858) sang in Mozart's "Requiem" at the funeral of Haydn (1809) and of Beethoven (1827), and that Schubert composed and dedicated three songs to him. Two pages, oblong folio, removed from an album..

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Schumann, Robert

composer (1810-1856). Autograph musical quotation signed from „Symphony No. 3“ [The ,Rhenish‘]. Oblong 8vo. 1 page. 6-stave paper, on a double-leaf from an album, integral leaf blank. .
$ 51,615 / 45.000 € (61550)

("Lebhaft...Zur Erinnerung an der Concert in Utrecht d. 26 Nov. 1853 von Robert Schumann"), comprising the opening five bars of the symphony notated in in short score in dark brown ink on two staves, on a leaf from an album. This is a fine quotation from one of Schumann's greatest works.  We have no record of any a quotation from a Schumann symphony being offered at auction for over twenty years. This is a record of an important concert by Robert and Clara Schumann, given during their very successful tour of Holland in November and December 1853, when Robert conducted the "Rhenish" Symphony.  The concert in Utrecht on 26 November also featured the premiere of the Introduction and Allegro for piano and orchestra op.134, played by Clara..

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Schumann, Robert

composer (1810-1856). Autograph letter signed. Düsseldorf. 8vo. 1 page.
$ 9,750 / 8.500 € (74454)

To music publisher Michael Schloß, in German, stating that he has responded to his sister, and asking what type of composition he prefers. „You will excuse me that my large work load has kept me from responding until today. I responded briefly to your sister. I prefer that you leave me out; I hope to speak with you further about this some time. I also owe you a reply to the publisher’s inquiry that you sent me earlier. I would like to know what genre of composition you prefer, and then I will provide you with more details.“ - With integral address leaf; faint scattered staining, remnants of prior mounting at cornres and sides verso, faint toning at edges, vertical fold touching signature, cancelled 1 Silbergroschen postage stamp on address leaf..

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph letter signed ("R. Schumann"). [Leipzig]. 1 S. 8vo.
$ 10,897 / 9.500 € (60922/BN44829)

A fine letter from the difficult engagement years, written to Clara's stepmother and Robert Schumann's future mother-in-law Clementine Wieck, inquiring whether "Madam Wieck" knows anything new about Clara's approaching appointment as Imperial and Royal Chamber Virtuoso by the Austrian Emperor: "Yesterday, Count Zerbst, a distant relative of the Austrian envoy, visited me and told me, that his lord, the Prince of Schönburg, took a great interest in the matter and that the appointment was imminent.

I can imagine your great joy. But please do me the favour and let me know if you hear anything more specific so that I can have it inserted in the journal [...]". - Austria's highest musical award was bestowed on Clara on March 15th during her concert tour in Vienna - an honour all the more remarkable for her being such a young artist, as well as a foreigner. It is, therefore, little surprise that Robert Schumann wished to see the fact announced in the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik", which he edited from 1834 to 1844. - Noticeable browning; some brownstaining..

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph letter signed, and with a note example within the text. Dresden. 4 SS. 8vo.
$ 32,116 / 28.000 € (62626/BN45778)

A very comprehensive letter to the German composer Carl Wettig, giving instructions concerning negotiations with the musical publisher Breitkopf & Härtel, and discussing Wettig's recent composition, of which Schumann cites a part from the scherzo (2 bars). - Slight damage to paper (restored).

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph calling card signed ("R. Schumann"). O. O. u. D. 1 S. Visitkartenformat.
$ 9,750 / 8.500 € (72748/BN46771)

To the musical writer and musician August Schmidt (1808-91), in German, on the verso of his printed visiting card, introducing a musician named Puyn visiting from Amsterdam. - "64" written in unknown hand at upper right of printed side.

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Steel engraving of Robert and Clara Schumann by Friedrich Schauer, with mounted musical quotation, signed and dedicated by Robert. Amsterdam. Portrait: Gr.-4to. Das Billett mit Notenzitat, Widmung und U. im Format 65:80 mm.
$ 9,750 / 8.500 € (73152/BN47426)

The well-known double portrait of Robert and Clara Schumann, dedicated by Robert to the Dutch soprano Sophia Huberta Offermans, née van Hove (1829-1906). - The quotation cites two bars from the prelude "Paradies und Peri", op. 50.

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Schumann, Robert

Komponist (1810-1856). Autograph letter signed ("RSchumann"). [Leipzig. ½ S. Kl.-4to. Mit eh. Adresse (Faltbrief).
$ 5,506 / 4.800 € (73971/BN47915)

To the French composer and pianist Camille-Marie Stamaty, asking to send him his "Concerto", presumably Stamaty's Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 2, on which Schumann would publish an article the following year in "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik": "Ayez la bonté de m'envoyer par vôtre Mercure votre Concerto. Je le veux dévorer, m'affairer etc. Mad. Voigt vous attends aujourdhui: ditez à elle sur son jeu tout ce que vous voulez [...]". - Minor chipping due to breaking the seal.

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Schumann, Robert

E. Brief mit U.
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Robert Schumann (1810–1856), composer. ALS. L[eipzig], 26 August 1834. ½ p. 4°. With autogr. address. – In German, to Mr. Schulz, “proprietor of Barth’s Bookstore here”: “Should my brothers enjoy any credit at Barth’s, then you would find me most grateful if you could kindly send me the stated sum against the enclosed receipt [...]”. – Johann Ambrosius Barth jr. published Schumann’s “Neue Zeitschrift für Musik” from 1835 to 1837. – Slight edge defects; mounted on backing paper. Without the mentioned receipt.


Schumann, Robert

E. Visitenkarte mit U.
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Robert Schumann (1810–1856), Komponist. E. Visitenkarte mit U. O. O. u. D. 1 S. Kleines Visitkartenformat. – An einen unleserlich geschriebenen Adressaten: „Hier Etwas für die Küche von mir und meiner Frau – lassen Sie sich es gut bekommen! Besuchen Sie mich bald! R. Sch.“.


Schumann, Robert

Eigenhändiger Brief mit Unterschrift „Robert Schumann“ und Notenzitat im Text.
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Schumann, Robert

E. Brief mit U.
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Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Komponist. E. Brief mit U. „R. Schumann“, Dresden, 30. September 1846, ½ Seite 4°. Mit Adresse. Leichter Papierverlust durch Öffnen des Siegels. An Bartolf Senff von der „Musikalienhandlung Kistner“ in Leipzig: „[…] Haben Sie die Gefälligkeit, mir sogleich zwei Buch Partiturnotenpapier […] zu schicken. Ich schrieb schon vor 8 Tagen darum – die Bestellung ist aber wohl nicht angekommen. Mit Empfehlungen an Herrn F. Kistner […]“ – Bartolf Senff (1815-1900) arbeitete bei Kistner bis 1847. Danach arbeitete er als unabhängiger Verleger, u.a. von Werken Schumann.