Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection



source Wortmann, W.
creator Schumann, Robert
Title: W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection
Dates: 1853-1939 (bulk 1853)
Abstract: The central item in this collection is a remarkable contemporary manuscript report of Robert 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).
Identification: MS 637
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet
Language: German
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

letters (correspondence)
photographs
Composers
Composers -- Germany -- 19th century
reports
Wortmann, W.
Schumann, Robert
Schumann, Clara -- portraits
Schumann, Marie -- Correspondence
Allgemeiner Musikverein (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection, 1853-1939, MS 637, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been digitized and is available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/13025.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Report / Pro Memoria of W. Wortmann

Box Folder
1 1 Pro Memoria of Wilhelm Wortmann 1853



Series II: Photographs

Box Folder
1 2 Photograph of Clara Schumann (carte de visite) 1865-03-27
3 Profile cameo view of Robert and Clara Schumann 1869



Series III: Correspondence

Box Folder
1 4 Letter to Maria probably from Marie Schumann 1926-03-27
5 Letter of Eduard Euler to Dr. Brandt 1939-01-05
6 Correspondence card by Clara Schumann