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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 Correspondence, 1839 1

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The Correspondence 1839 This page intentionally left blank 112. To Clara Wieck Miss Klara Wieck Vienna, January 2, 1839 Wednesday morning I was with you at midnight the day before yesterday-you were in my arms, faithfully and lovingly-you're the very best fiancee under the sun. How pleased I was by your letter! If only I could see you for a minute, for only as long as a kiss takes. Then perhaps I'd be happy again. Because if you were to look me directly in the eye and ask me how I'm actually feeling-I'd have to tell the truth; I always feel so feeble and infirm. But don't worry about it. I know how I am. Soon the prospect of spring and the longer, mild days will cheer me up. The worst is behind me. I often reproach myself for being dissatisfied. I have a faithful girl, no cares for the next few days, many friends who think of me lovingly, music, poetry, the hope of a wonderful future, and then the firm conviction of your steadfast- ness, your devotion to me, don't I? And yet! And yet! You know everything, know me and forgive me. What depresses me most is the crude and malicious behavior of your father. You're so kind and don't talk to me about him any more so that the rift doesn't become even greater-but I know very well how much you have to suffer at his hands. I don't want to think about him any more....

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