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Robert Schumann
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Only when the form grows clear to you, will the spirit become so too.
-- Robert Schumann, Advice to Young Musicians (1848)

You require but a simple 'Yes'? Such a small word -- but such an important one. But should not a heart so full of unutterable love as mine utter this little word with all its might? I do so and my innermost soul whispers always to you.
-- Clara Schumann, letter to Franz Schumann, 1837

What a masterpiece, but what despair! It's enough to make you long for death.
-- Georges Bizet (speaking of Schumann's Manfred); quoted in Dean, Bizet (1975)

Schumann is the composer of childhood... both because he created a children's imaginative world and because children learn some of their first music in his marvellous piano albums.
-- Igor Stravinsky, Themes and Conclusions (1972)





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