Robert Schumann

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Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and pianist.


  • In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
    • (Secondary source only, quoted in: Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, Ed. Evan Esar, 1949, p. 156)
  • The talent works, the genius creates.
  • If that's what your jokes sound like, I'm afraid to hear what your serious pieces sound like.
    • Letter to Chopin after hearing Scherzo number 2 in B Flat Minor
  • Hats off, gentlemen; a Genius.
    • Comment after hearing an early set of variations by Chopin.
  • To send light into the depths of the human heart -- this is the artist's calling!
    • Licht senden in die Tiefen des menschlichen Herzens -- des Künstlers Beruf! Often mistranslated as "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts; such is the duty of the artist."

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