- Title Pages
- This Book is Dedicated to the Memory of My Brother, Grover.
- Preface to the First Edition
- Preface to the Second Edition
- Chapter One Childhood and Youth
- Chapter Two University Years
- Chapter Three Schumann and Literature
- Chapter Four Commitment to Music
- Chapter Five Schumann’s Compositions Prior to 1834
- Chapter Six The League of David
- Chapter Seven Courtship and Marriage
- Chapter Eight The Piano Compositions, 1834–39
- Chapter Nine Married Life in Leipzig
- Chapter Ten The Compositions, 1840–44
- Chapter Eleven The Years in Dresden
- Chapter Twelve Schumann’s Dramatic Works
- Chapter Thirteen The Years in Düsseldorf
- Chapter Fourteen The Compositions, 1845–54
- Chapter Fifteen Endenich
- Epilogue “The Poet Speaks”
- Appendix A Calendar
- Appendix B List of Works
- Appendix C Personalia
- Appendix D Select Bibliography
- (p.297) Chapter Fifteen Endenich
Eric Frederick Jensen
- Oxford University Press
This chapter describes the condition of Robert Schumann during the treatment of his mental illness in Endenich. He was burdened by guilt and believed that he would “burn in hell” for his “evil” conduct. At the core of his mental breakdown was his profound sense of guilt coupled with despair over his failure in Düsseldorf. Direct communication with him was not permitted because his physicians believed he would recover faster if reminders of his illness were kept away from him. As time passed, Schumann's condition improved. During these last years of his life, his reputation as a composer deteriorated.
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