Robert Schumann

1810 (Zwickau, Germany) – 1856 (Enderich)

Schumann met Heine the year he left school. Clara was his teacher’s daughter; he eloped with her when she was 15, staying in touch with Mendelssohn, whom he had met at her father’s house. He corresponded with Hiller before taking over his post in Düsseldorf, and with Heller, who contributed frequently to Schumann’s ‘Neue Zeitschrift für Musik’ without ever meeting him. Schumann and Andersen enchanted one another, whereas he and Wagner were temperamentally mismatched. He met Chopin in Leipzig, and championed Brahms before meeting him, Brahms continuing to visit Schumann in the asylum where he spent his last years.