About this playlist
Robert Schumann wanted to become a concert pianist, but after the partial paralysis of his right hand he dedicated his life to writing music instead – and what fantastic music it is. The end of Schumann's life is particularly tragic – as a long term sufferer of depression and other mental health problems, he attempted suicide by throwing himself in the Rhine, trying to escape the demonic music he heard relentlessly in his head. He survived, but lived the rest of his life in an institution. His friend and fellow composer Johannes Brahms took care of his family thereafter.