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Item 605 - Robert Schumann Catalog 539 (Nov 2018)

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Estimate: $4,000.00 +
Sold Price: $5,124.18 (includes buyer's premium)


Highly important German composer and pianist (1810-1856) whose distinctively lyrical musical language, especially evident in his keyboard works and art songs, made him one of the central figures of the German Romantic tradition. ALS in German, signed “R. Schumann,” one page, 5 x 6.75, February 11, 1838. A fine letter from the difficult engagement years, written to Clara’s stepmother and Robert Schumann’s future mother-in-law Clementine Wieck, inquiring whether "Madam Wieck" knows anything new about Clara’s approaching appointment as Imperial and Royal Chamber Virtuoso by the Austrian Emperor (translated): "Yesterday, Count Zerbst, a distant relative of the Austrian envoy, visited me and told me, that his lord, the Prince of Schönburg, took a great interest in the matter and that the appointment was imminent. I can imagine your great joy. But please do me the favour and let me know if you hear anything more specific so that I can have it inserted in the journal." Professionally backed and in very good to fine condition, with light mottled overall toning, and possibly trimmed edges. Austria’s highest musical award was bestowed on Clara Schumann on March 15th during her concert tour in Vienna—an honor all the more remarkable for her being such a young artist, as well as a foreigner. It is, therefore, little surprise that Robert Schumann wished to see the fact announced in the 'Neue Zeitschrift für Musik,' which he edited from 1834 to 1844.

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