- 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.17) Chapter Two University Years
Eric Frederick Jensen
- Oxford University Press
This chapter describes the struggle of Robert Schumann during his college years in Leipzig, and his relationship with Friedrich Wieck. Schumann was obliged by his parents to study law in Leipzig. During those years, he devoted his energy to studying music instead of law. At this time, he was contemplating how to make music a career, but was uncertain of the steps to take. His inaction and indecision persisted for two years until he met Wieck. After some time, he began to take piano lessons from Wieck regularly.
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