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The Complete Correspondence of Clara and Robert Schumann

Critical Edition. Volume II- Edited by Eva Weissweiler- Translated by Hildegard Fritsch and Ronald L. Crawford

Ronald Crawford and Hildegard Fritsch

The second volume of the Schumann correspondence contains letters written by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) in 1839, documenting the major events of that year: Clara's concert tour and stay in Paris, Friedrich Wieck's continued vehement opposition to Robert's courtship of his daughter, Clara and Robert's legal action to obtain the court's consent for their marriage, Clara's reunion and stay with her mother in Berlin, and the death of Robert's brother Eduard.

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The Letters of Volume II 1839 proves to be a highly eventful year in the lives of Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Wieck (1819-1896). As the year begins Robert is in Vienna attempting to obtain governmental permission to have his journal, the Neue Zeitschrift for Musik, published there. Clara is in Leipzig but just about to embark on a musical tour which will lead her to Paris. The two have not seen each other since Robert left for Vienna in October of 1838, and they will not be reunited until August of 1839 when Clara returns to Leipzig for the first of a series of court hearings. She and Robert have petitioned the Saxon Court of Appeals for legal permission to marry since her father has adamantly refused to grant his consent to the union. Robert finds Vienna to be an imposing city; it has well over 300,000 inhabitants and is thus approximately six times as large as Leipzig. Cultural and political life in Vienna, however, is stifled by Metternich's elaborate system of informants, secret police and strict censorship. Since foreigners are denied the right to publish in Austria, Robert approaches various publishers and booksellers in an attempt to circumvent the law. At the same time, however, he begins to wonder whether a music journal can prosper in Vienna since it is so out of touch with the rest of the German speaking world. As he waits for the Austrian bureaucracy to respond to his petition, he completes several...

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