Robert Schumann

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Robert Schumann, 1850.

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


  • To send light into the depths of the human heart -- this is the artist's calling!
    • Quotes in: John Sullivan Dwight (1856) Dwight's Journal of Music, Vol. 7-8, p. 12
    • Original: Licht senden in die Tiefen des menschlichen Herzens -- des Künstlers Beruf!; Quoted in E.W. Fritzsch (1884) Musikalisches Wochenblatt, Volume 15
  • The talent works, the genius creates.
    • Attributed to Schumann in: The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 112, 1913, p. 811
  • In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
    • Quoted in: Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, Evan Esar (ed.), 1949, p. 156.

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