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W. Wortmann / Robert Schumann collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS 637
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

Contemporary manuscript report of German composer and music critic Robert Schumann's conducting at Düsseldorf, written by W. Wortmann, deputy mayor of Düsseldorf and a leading member of the administration of the Allgemeiner Musikverein (of whose orchestra and chorus Schumann had been appointed director in 1850).

The central item in this collection is a remarkable contemporary manuscript report of Schumann's conducting at Dusseldorf, written by W. Wortmann, deputy mayor of Düsseldorf and a leading member of the administration of the Allgemeiner Musikverein (of whose orchestra and chorus Schumann had been appointed director in 1850). Additional items include small portraits of Robert and Clara Schumann and brief correspondence related to Schumann.

Dates

  • 1853-1939 (bulk 1853)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Schumann, German composer and music critic, was born in Zwickau, Saxony, 8 June 1810. While best remembered for his piano music and songs, and some of his symphonic and chamber works, Schumann made significant contributions to all the musical genres of his day and cultivated a number of new ones as well. His dual interest in music and literature led him to develop a historically informed music criticism and a compositional style deeply indebted to literary models. A leading exponent of musical Romanticism, he had a powerful impact on succeeding generations of European composers. Schumann died in Endenich near Bonn, on 29 July, 1856"--Excerpted from: "'Schumann, Robert', The new grove dictionary of music online", ed. L. Macy (Accessed [01/05/2003]), http://www.grovemusic.com.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

German

Overview

The central item in this collection is a remarkable contemporary manuscript report of Robert Schumann's conducting at Dusseldorf, written by W. Wortmann, deputy mayor of Düsseldorf and a leading member of the administration of the Allgemeiner Musikverein (of whose orchestra and chorus Schumann had been appointed director in 1850).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased via Sotheby's music auction, 2006, by the Brown Fine Arts Library, Fondren Library, Rice University, and transfered to the Woodson Research Center in 2015.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been digitized and is available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/13025.

Source

Creator

Status
Completed
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA