The composer Robert Schumann was born in Zwickauin, Germany on June 8, 1810. At 18 years old he traveled to Leipzig, Germany to study law. After he wrote his first piano composition in 1832, Papillons, Op. 2. Schumann decided to leave law and set his sights on becoming Europe’s finest virtuoso pianist. That dream was cut short when a device he invented to help enhance piano playing ability permanently injured Schumann’s hands. All of his musical energies were then focused on composing. Schumann’s published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840, including his famous Carneval, Op. 9 written in 1834, Kinderszenen, meaning “Scenes from Childhood,” written in 1838, and Kreisleriana which was also written in 1838 and was dedicated to Chopin. In 1840, Schumann married Clara Wieck, the daughter of his former teacher. Schumann is now considered one of the greatest and most symbolic composers of the Romantic era, but his greatness as a composer was not truly recognized until after his death, on July 29 1856.
Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff by Opal Wheeler, a lovely story about Schumann’s childhood.
Research more about Schumann’s and his works and complete:
Childhood Simple Fold
Listened To…Fan Book
…both found on Homeschool Share’s Composer Connections Page.
Learn more about Shumann’s homeland and complete:
Germany Shutterfold Map
Germany Flag Simple Fold
Where is Germany? Worksheet
…all found on Homeschool Share’s Europe Connections Page.
the mp3 recordings of Scenes from Childhood. Without telling child the name of the composition, see if he can guess using Scenes from Childhood Song Cards and Pocket based on the tempo, rhythm and tone of the song.
For a Tea Time treat:
For centuries Germans have enjoyed cookies with their tea or coffee. Some of the most famous (and delicious!) are Anise Cookies called Springerle, the familiar Zwieback, or a spiced cookie called Pfeffernusse. Enjoy!