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Robert Schumann : life and death of a musician
John Worthen
Adult Nonfiction ML410.S4 W67 2007

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In this book's preface, Worthen (D.H. Lawrence studies, Univ. of Nottingham; The Gang: Coleridge, The Hutchinsons & the Wordsworths in 1802) states unequivocally that he is not qualified or interested in attempting to analyze the music of Robert Schumann. Instead, he's here to reexamine the enormous quantity of written material related to the mental illness and supposed insanity of the composer, with the ultimate goal of objectively piecing together the evidence related to Schumann's attempted suicide in February 1854 at the age of 43 and his subsequent death in a mental asylum in July 1856. Worthen concludes that Schumann may have suffered from depression and severe anxiety but not from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, as preconceptions about his mental illness overwhelmingly seem to indicate after 1856. This interesting, well-researched examination of the life and death of one of the most important composers of the 19th-century Romantic movement is appropriate for students and researchers in higher education with some knowledge of Schumann's life and music.--Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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