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The first volume of the Schumann correspondence contains letters written by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896) between 1832 and 1838. The letters document the major events in their lives: Robert's short-lived engagement to Ernestine von Fricken, his courtship of Clara, Friedrich Wieck's vehement opposition, and Clara and Robert's secret plans for marriage. The letters comment on their encounters with Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Ignaz Moscheles and others. They also describe Clara's triumphant concert tour of Austria and Robert's attempt to establish himself and his journal in Vienna.
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The Editor: Eva Weissweiler received her Ph.D. in Music and Germanistik in 1974. Her publications include Women Composer over the Last Five Centuries (Komponistinnen aus 500 Jahren) 1981. Fanny Mendelssohn: Italian Diary (Fanny Mendelssohn: Italienisches Tagebuch) 1982. Fanny Mendelssohn: A Portrait in Letters (Fanny Mendelssohn: Ein Porträt in Briefen) 1985. Dr. Weissweiler is the editor of the original German edition of The Complete Correspondence of Clara and Robert Schumann (Clara/Robert Schumann: Briefwechsel, kritische Gesamtausgabe) 1984, She lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
The Translators: Hildegard Fritsch is an associate professor of German at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. from Case-Western Reserve University. Her publications include a book and articles on topics in 20th-century German literature.
Ronald W. Crawford is an associate professor of German at Kent State University. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University and has published a variety of literary and pedagogical studies.
Original Language: German
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