DE PIANIST ROBERT SCHUMANN
seven photocopied articles
This simple domestic publication is a compilation of seven copied articles, written between 1984 and 1988. The main character is Robert Schumann, who in his student years dreamed of a career as a concert pianist. A series of four articles form the core of the work, De pianist Robert Schumann, published in Piano Bulletin, the magazine of EPTA – Netherlands (1985-3, 1986-2, 1986-3 and 1988-1). There then follows a digest with to some extent varied illustrations; this appeared in Mens en Melodie (1988-2). Finally there is a short thematic series entitled De studententijd van Robert Schumann [‘The Student Days of Robert Schumann’]: the years during which the drama of his ‘Handleiden’ unfolded. These appeared in the autumn of 1985 in various editions of De Vacature, the news and advert paper of the publisher Thieme – Zutphen. This compilation of articles serves two purposes. Firstly it supplements and amends the usually held view of Schumann’s activities as related to the piano. There has, to my knowledge, never been a special study written on this facet of his musical development. But on the other hand it describes, however briefly, how occupational disabilities such as those experienced by so many pianists gradually develop. Schumann’s ‘case’ is in fact nothing other than a caricatural exaggeration of the same fallacies that are still perpetrated.
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