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Robert Schumann Many composers throughout history have influenced those who came after them Ludwig Van Beethoven had influenced composers such as Schubert Berlioz Liszt and Schumann Many of these men used Beethovens way of composing as their starting point With their own touches the beginning of Beethoven turned into individual pieces of musical achievement Robert Schumann devoted himself to becoming a concert pianist An injury to his right hand cut his dream of being a piano virtuoso short He then turned all of his energy to composition and to the Leipzig Neue Zeitschrist Fur Musik New Journal of Music Robert was the first man to recognize the music of Chopin and Brahms as well as Schuberts instrumental music Schumanns music is out of the Romantic period and expresses that eras dedication to personal expression and freedom from the strict rules of classical form As noted he had a literary inclination in his music and would hide names spelled in notes in his works For instance he wrote a collection of short piano pieces called Carnaval and two of these pieces are named Florestan and Eusebius which were pseudonyms Schumann used when he wrote in his journal Each name and each piece reflects a different aspect of his personality--Florestan is flamboyant Eusebius is more sedate He also often made reference to literary works or characters in titles and in the music itself During his first ten years as a composer Schumann published only piano pieces and his musical style seemed to grow out of piano improvisation His short pieces often express a single mood through a sensitive melody dance rhythms dotted rhythms and syncopations are also prominent Schumann completed four symphonies after earlier unsuccessful attempts at the form The first written soon after his marriage and completed early in 1841 is known as Spring and has a suggested programme A second symphony followed in 1846 and the third the Rhenish a celebration of the Rhineland
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