Guide to the W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection
Robert Schumann, German composer and music critic, was born in Zwickau, Saxony, 8 June 1810. While best remembered for his piano music and songs, and some of his symphonic and chamber works, Schumann made significant contributions to all the musical genres of his day and cultivated a number of new ones as well. His dual interest in music and literature led him to develop a historically informed music criticism and a compositional style deeply indebted to literary models. A leading exponent of musical Romanticism, he had a powerful impact on succeeding generations of European composers. Schumann died in Endenich near Bonn, on 29 July, 1856"--Excerpted from: "'Schumann, Robert', The new grove dictionary of music online", ed. L. Macy (Accessed [01/05/2003]), http://www.grovemusic.com.
Contemporary manuscript report of German composer and music critic Robert Schumann's conducting at Düsseldorf, written by W. Wortmann, deputy mayor of Düsseldorf and a leading member of the administration of the Allgemeiner Musikverein (of whose orchestra and chorus Schumann had been appointed director in 1850).
The central item in this collection is a remarkable contemporary manuscript report of Schumann's conducting at Dusseldorf, written by W. Wortmann, deputy mayor of Düsseldorf and a leading member of the administration of the Allgemeiner Musikverein (of whose orchestra and chorus Schumann had been appointed director in 1850). Additional items include small portraits of Robert and Clara Schumann and brief correspondence related to Schumann.
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Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection, 1853-1939, MS 637, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Purchased via Sotheby's music auction, 2006, by the Brown Fine Arts Library, Fondren Library, Rice University, and transfered to the Woodson Research Center in 2015.
This collection has been digitized and is available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/13025.
Detailed Description of the Collection