After the death of his father, Schumann conforms to the wish of his mother to see him embracing a more lucrative career. 

        It returns to the university of Leipzig to learn the right there, but begins the training of loneliness. Far from his, far from the nature which he likes so much, he sees in Leipzig only one too large prison for him. 

        He thus begins his studies without much pleasure, and is bored quickly. He however works, but in way “machinale” says he and follows the courses of philosophy, but there either, he does not find his way. 

        After Leipzig, it will be Heidelberg in 1828, but Schumann, is not made with the student's life of the time, made drinking bouts and duels regulated by corporations.

It keeps away, and is contained on itself, in its very personal world, of friendships, daydreams, music. More than ever the music is its confidante. It decides to send to its first compositions with Wiedebein, leader attentive with the young talents.

        In spring 1828, Schumann makes the meeting of Agnes Carus, woman of doctor, with which it falls passionately in love. In the living rooms of Carus, one sings there Lieder of Schubert, with which it remains only a few months to be lived. It is at Carus still, that it meets Wieck and that it hears Clara for the first time. 

It is just nine years old. 


Robert Schumann towards 1830

        Friedrich Wieck, is the most eminent professor of Leipzig. In love with music, he arrived through tenacity and of deprivations to be obtained an important musical culture.

        Not having creative gifts, he discovers that pedagogy is its true way. His daughter will be the object of all her experiments. Flexible child and musician in the heart, it will be the best publicity of its teaching.

        It is by hearing play Clara that Schumann decides to line up under the cane of Wieck.

While remaining the student flexible one that his mother wishes to see in him, there is convinced that a patient work under the direction of a good professor will put it capable to be measured with any virtuoso…


        Despite everything, he still hesitates, between a middle-class career which are repugnant to him and a destiny which is essential on him. One often sought in this year 1830, which had decided Schumann chose the music.

        For some it is the “Paganini shock”, but Schumann notes the anecdote on its intimate diary, only several months after the famous concert.
It is in fact the fruit of a long interior fight. On July 30, 1830, he writes with his mother a letter that all the biographers enjoy to quote. 

“My life was long a 20 years fight between poetry and prose, or if you want between the music and the right. In Leipzig, I dreamed and strolled, (...) here I worked more, but here as over there I felt irremediably dedicated with Article If I then to follow my genius, it will lead me to art, and, I believe it on the good way."

        His mother is dismayed. She feels that her son escapes to him, with the sure destiny which she had chosen for him. She does not accept her decision. Then Robert asks for the arbitration of Wieck and accepts by advance his verdict.
Wieck writes this in Christina Schumann.

“I take to the responsibility for Mr. your son who, thanks to his talent and with his personality will become one of the largest pianists of our time…"

        In October 1830, Schumann sets out again for Leipzig, full with hope and energy, with the firm intention to achieve its goal. It settles at Wieck, and works with eagerness. But quickly, the heat and courage make place with the discouragement. In its intimate diary it notes its changes of mood and its crises of hypocondria.

        In July 1831, Robert realizes that the piano is not enough any more to fill its creative inspiration. He asks Dorn, director of the theatre to give him lessons of compositions. As of January 1832, the traditional teaching of Dorn is not enough for him any more.

Too much traditional:

“For him the music is only running away”

        Robert studies then, Beethoven, Schubert and Bach which it deepens unceasingly. In the same way that it is detached from Dorn, Schumann tries to be withdrawn from the tyranny of Wieck by projecting a voyage to Weimar to receive the councils of Hummel. 

But Wieck which had supported with sorrow the lessons of Dorn opposes firmly to this initiative.


Clara Wieck at 13 years old (1832)

          Then Schumann is baited to overcome this disobedient instrument which is the piano. For that, it makes a kind of splint to maintain the middle finger motionless and to acquire a greater independence of the other fingers. In spring 1832, its hand is paralysed. 

Robert tests all the doctors, all the remedies. Nothing made there.

Schumann will not be virtuoso! He will be composer !


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