16 quotes from the ingenious mind of Robert Schumann

11 January 2019
By Ellie Palmer
Only if the form is first clear to you will the spirit then reveal itself - Robert Schumann Only if the form is first clear to you will the spirit then reveal itself - Robert Schumann
Be inspired, motivated and humoured by this collection of quotes from the great composer Schumann!


genius | /ˈdʒiːnɪəs/ | noun - An exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability


Schumann certainly falls into the category of genius. The composer lived an unfortunately short life but still managed to publish more works than most modern composers would even dream of publishing in two full lifetimes. Author Judith Chernaik describes him in her new novel, Schumann: The Faces and the Masks, as “remarkably productive. [He wrote] compulsively in periods of intense creative inspiration.”

He possessed a talent that has rarely been matched in the history of music, and so any insights offered into his mind are going to be precious! With that in mind, we’ve put together 16 incredible quotes from the ingenious mind of Schumann which will help motivate your playing, restore your passion for learning, and inspire you to be outlandishly creative in your composing.










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Want to gain further insight into the mind of Schumann? We highly recommend author Judith Chernaik's brand new release - Schumann: The Faces and the Masks.  You can get your copy below.

"Perhaps it takes a novelist to get inside Schumann's turbulent imagination: step forward Judith Chernaik, the scholar of another pre-eminent ear Romantic, Shelley. Fresh insights into Schumann's life emerge from access to the composer's medical records, and consideration of his output as a writer of words as well as music. It's a tale as gripping as any thriller." - from Pianist magazine, issue 105.